Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program

Created on: 
Mar 26 2021

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program

Created on: Mar 26 2021

Revised: 07/06/2023

Purpose: This section reviews the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program, which provides food benefits to children affected by school closures or reduced in-person learning due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

WAC 388-439-0005 – What is the pandemic EBT program?

WAC 388-439-0015 - General information about pandemic EBT benefits.

WAC 388-439-0020 - Eligibility for pandemic EBT benefits for children under age six.

WAC 388-439-0025 - Eligibility for pandemic EBT benefits during the 2022 summer period.

Clarifying Information - WAC 388-439-0005


In June 2023, DSHS received approval to provide P-EBT for Children under Six and Summer P-EBT for the 2022-2023 school year. Due to the public health emergency expiration on May 11, 2023, this will be the final year of P-EBT. For details about the P-EBT plans for the 2022-23 school year, please visit the DSHS P-EBT Website. The website includes program information, benefit amounts, an updated Q&A, and contact guide. DSHS will continue to work with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and a third party vendor, Accenture, to automatically determine eligibility and issue benefits to eligible children. No application is needed for P-EBT.