Colorado P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT)

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

Important note regarding P-EBT benefits: The application page is not ready yet. More information will be provided on how to register once it is available in mid- to late July. Benefits for families who were on SNAP in March, April and/or May will be auto-issued in mid-July to an existing EBT card. 

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 in approximately mid-July (more detail to come when available). 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

Resources and trainings

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

FAQ PDF English  FAQ PDF Spanish

CDHS, along with the Colorado Department of Education and Hunger Free Colorado, hosted an online P-EBT traning on June 30. Watch them on video (English or Spanish) or download a PDF of the training below. 

Training video in English  Training video in Spanish  Training download