State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits (PDF)
Beneficios de SNAP Pandemic EBT (Spanish)
Need Help Buying Food for Your School Age Children?
Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for your school age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.
Already Receiving SNAP?
If you currently receive SNAP benefits, you DO NOT need to apply for P-EBT benefits. You are automatically eligible to receive these benefits. Your additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into your Illinois LINK EBT account along with your regular SNAP benefits.
How Much Will My Family Receive?
The benefit amount is a daily meal cost for the number of school days in the month for each eligible child in your home. For March, there were 10 school closure days. For April, there were 22 school closure days. March and April P-EBT benefits will be combined into one issuance for a total of $182.40 per eligible child in your home. Benefits WILL BE ISSUED through the end of the school year.
But My Family is Not Receiving SNAP Benefits
Is This Benefit Based on Household Income/Resources/Citizenship?
No, the only eligibility factor is that your child(ren) attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals when they are in school. For many schools, individual students qualify for free or reduced-price eligible meals. For other schools that participate in the in the Community Eligibility Provision(CEP), all enrolled students will qualify as meals are provided at no cost to the students. If you recently applied for free or reduced-price meals, P-EBT benefits will begin the month you become eligible. The head of the household of these students currently not receiving SNAP benefits will need to apply and be approved for P-EBT benefits.
How Do I Apply for P-EBT?
These instructions are for you to follow if you are not already receiving regular SNAP benefits.
Central Scan Unit (CSU)
P.O. Box 19138
Springfield, IL 62763-9138
How Do I Get My P-EBT Benefits?
You will receive a P-EBT LINK card in the mail with instructions on how to set up a PIN and use the card. Your benefits will already be available on the card for you to make food purchases at most grocery stores.
We look forward to having your child back in our school learning in September. As you know, the district has proposed a hybrid learning plan for all schools which will involve two days of in-person learning, one day of remote instruction, and two days of at home independent learning. Students will be assigned to pods of 15 students or fewer to maintain proper social distancing during the school day. More information on the hybrid learning plan can be found here.
We know that some of our families would prefer not to have their child attend school in-person in the fall, and the district is preparing an option for students to learn at home. In order to prepare and plan for the start of school, we need to hear from you by August 7 about whether or not you plan to have your child participate in the hybrid learning model or the learn-at-home model.
The parent/guardian of record should receive a text and an email from the district LATER TODAY asking about your learning preferences for your child. Please complete the short form that come with that text or email to let us know how your child will be learning in the fall. Please be aware of the following information when making this choice:
This form also asks if you would like to receive ongoing texts from the district. If texting is a preferred method of communication for you, please say yes to this question. If you opt to receive texts from the district, we will be able to text you about scheduling updates, daily symptom screener reminders, and other important updates.
If you did not receive the form or are having difficulty completing it, please contact Lynn Carro at Peirce, email@example.com or 773-534-2440.
While the upcoming school year will look different, we are very excited to have our students, whether in-person or at home, learning with us.