Colorado P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT)

FAQs for the general public  |  FAQs for schools and school districts  |  FAQs for county human services  |  Resources and trainings

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P-EBT application link

**Update, Aug. 3** The P-EBT application is now available and can be accessed through late September. P-EBT benefits have been auto-issued for families with eligible children who were participating in SNAP in March, April and/or May. If you have not been auto-issued benefits for all children or months, we encourage you to apply for that child/month.

In an effort to support Colorado’s families during the COVID-19 epidemic, the Colorado Department of Human Services and Department of Education have teamed up to secure USDA approval to issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits to school-age children who would have received free or reduced-price meals during the time that schools have been closed  for the 2019-2020 school year. It is also for children who would have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals in schools for March, April, or May due to loss of income in those months. Each household with an eligible child can receive an amount of $5.70 per child per school day on a Colorado EBT card that will provide extra food benefits to create healthy, wholesome meal options for kids. 

For Colorado families that currently receive SNAP benefits and whose children attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, no action will be needed from the family and benefits will be automatically issued starting Wednesday, July 22. Families that currently do not participate in the SNAP program, and whose children attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, will receive instructions and key information through the family’s school or school district on how to receive those benefits in July.

P-EBT benefits will be issued to households as a one-time payment reflecting the days that children would have been in school but were not in March, April and May due to COVID-19.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, broken into sections for the general public, schools and school districts, and county human services agencies. This page is updated regularly.

FAQs for the general public

 

FAQs for schools and school districts

 

FAQs for county human services

 

Resources and trainings

Outreach toolkit

We have created a toolkit for community partners to share information on how to access P-EBT.

Outreach toolkit  View recording of outreach toolkit webinar  Download slides from outreach toolkit webinar

Training for community partners

CDHS, along with the Colorado Department of Education and Hunger Free Colorado, hosted an online P-EBT training on June 30. You can watch a replay of the training by clicking either of the video links below. You can also download the training in PDF form, as well as FAQs from the training. All are available in English and Spanish. 

Watch the Pandemic EBT Community Training in English  Watch the Pandemic EBT Community Training in Spanish  Download a PDF of the Pandemic EBT Community Training

Download a PDF of FAQs from P-EBT Community Training in English  Download a PDF of FAQs from P-EBT Community Training in Spanish

Download FAQs

The FAQs on this page are available in PDF form. Click either of the boxes below to download. 

Download a PDF of frequently asked questions in English  Download a PDF of frequently asked questions in Spanish