Pandemic Electronic Benefit for Free & Reduced lunch students

P-EBT food benefit program for students who received free or reduced-price lunch

School closures due to the COVID-19 state of emergency led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for many Kentucky children.  These children can now receive help from a program jointly offered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department of Education.


Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19.  P-EBT provides a benefits card families can use to replace school meals while schools are closed.  The total benefit is $313.50 (This may be reduced if the student's eligibility began after March 1, 2020).


Eligibility: All public and private school students who qualified for free or reduced-price meals, whose schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible for P-EBT.  Students who were enrolled in schools that provide free meals for all students, referred to as Community Eligibility Provision schools (CEP schools), are all eligible.



  1. Automatic participation from SNAP benefit: Currently enrolled students who are receiving SNAP benefits on an active EBT card automatically will receive additional funds for P-EBT on their card.  The guardian/parent does not need to do anything.

  2. Automatic participation from other Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) income-eligible program benefits: Currently enrolled students who are receiving Medicaid or KTAP benefits based on income levels below NSLP income guidelines, or who are in foster care, will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail with instructions.  The guardian/parent does not need to do anything.

  3. Elective Participation: Students who do not qualify based on automatic participation, or who are unsure and are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch should complete the simple online P-EBT application

  4. Student name, address, date of birth, and Statewide Student Identification (SSID) are required.  (We have provided your student's SSID number below.)  Applications open for 30 days beginning JUNE 1, 2020.  Once the applicant receives confirmation of approval, the household will be mailed a      P-EBT card.

    Families - Those of you who want to take advantage of the food benefit program may have had trouble getting your child's SSID number which is a 10 digit number. You should have received an email with information on May 27 from FCPS about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer.  If you did not receive an email about this please contact our district's IT help line to obtain your child's SSID number:  859-381-4410.