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Pandemic EBT ( P-EBT ) Benefits

Find out how Pandemic-EBT benefits can provide your family with extra food benefits.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides extra food benefits for families during COVID-19.

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P-EBT is a benefit that can help buy food for school-age children between the ages of 3-17 and youth aged 18-22 (in high school). P-EBT was available for children and youth who receive free and reduced-price meals and lack access to an in-school lunch.

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Who is Eligible for P-EBT Benefits and Other FAQs

Get answers to your questions about P-EBT food benefits for Illinois residents below.

Pandemic EBT is a food benefit program to give food benefits to eligible children enrolled in school.

The Pandemic EBT program has ended. The last round of P-EBT benefits for the 2022-2023 school year were issued in September 2023. Learn more from the Illinois Department of Human Services about the last round of Pandemic EBT.

To check your P-EBT balance, report a lost or stolen card, or request a replacement card, visit Manage My Illinois Link Card or call 1-800-678-LINK (5465).

P-EBT cards never expire. However, the card can be deactivated after an extended period of time with no activity.

If you do not use the benefits, they will be removed from the card after one year of inactivity.

A new program called Summer EBT will be starting in Summer 2024. This is a different program than P-EBT, which has ended. More information about Summer EBT will be available soon.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has created FAQs to help answer questions about P-EBT.

Additional questions about P-EBT can be communicated to the toll-free P-EBT Helpline number at 1-833-621-0737 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.

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