Colorado P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT)

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We are no longer accepting P-EBT benefits

*** Update, Sept. 24*** The P-EBT application closed Sept. 23. The P-EBT benefit was created in response to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act required total program completion by Sept. 30. Data matching errors that are not resolved by this time may have resulted in the inability for the State of Colorado to issue a benefit. 

In an effort to support Colorado’s families during the COVID-19 epidemic, the Colorado Department of Human Services and Department of Education 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 were closed for the 2019-2020 school year. It was 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 received an amount of $5.70 per child per school day on a Colorado EBT card that provided extra food benefits to create healthy, wholesome meal options for kids.

For Colorado families that received SNAP benefits and whose children attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program, benefits were automatically issued starting Wednesday, July 22.  Families that did not receive the automatic issuance, and whose children attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program, received instructions and key information through the family’s school or school district on how to receive those benefits starting in late July.

P-EBT benefits were 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. 

Colorado supported healthy and wholesome meals for 180,026 children who would typically have received free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches while in school during the spring. $49,945,653 million in P-EBT benefits were distributed to support families buying food from grocery stores, convenience stores and even farmers' markets.  

EBT replacement cards are still being issued for families who have been approved for P-EBT. If you need a replacement EBT card, please call 1-888-328-2656 for assistance. 

Frequently asked questions

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