Summer P-EBT Benefits Have Ended, But Payments Are Still Coming:

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In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which extended the pandemic EBT benefit to include summer 2021. Through this benefit, children who would have received free or reduced-price lunch and children in SNAP households received temporary emergency nutrition benefits. These benefits have ended, now that children are returning to in-person classes and receiving meals at school. 

This article will answer the following questions about P-EBT Benefits: 

How many states were approved?

Where can I check the status of my P-EBT?

Will P-EBT continue?

What should I do if I have not received my payment?

How many states were approved?

49 states and U.S. territories (including American Samoa, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands) all have approved Summer 2021 P-EBT plans, mostly recently was Florida. Here is a list of each state and territory with a plan. 

Where can I check the status of my P-EBT?

Using the same link mentioned above, you can check the status of your payment by clicking on the state you live in. 

Will P-EBT continue?

Some states are behind on approving plans and sending payments, so some people may continue to receive payments through the fall for the payments they should have received. However, the P-EBT benefit for 2021 officially ended in September 2021. 

What should I do if I have not received my payment?

If you haven’t received your payment this could mean 3 things: 

  1. Your state did not approve a Summer 2021 P-EBT plan. This includes Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma.
  2. Your state scheduled the $375 deposit for the months of October, November or December or the September payment is behind the schedule. Here are the states with upcoming or recent payments:
    • September: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Iowa (last installment), Kansas, Maine, Minnesota (last installment), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada (not summer, but leftover from the 2020-2021 year),New Mexico, New York Oklahoma (leftover from the 2020-2021 year), Pennsylvania, South Dakota
    • October: Colorado, Maryland (last installment), Mississippi, Oregon (last installment), Texas
    • November: American Samoa, Florida, Wyoming
    • December: California, Georgia
  1. There is a delay in your case. Contact your local office for more information. 

Arizona Customer Service (888) 997-9333

California Customer Service (877) 328-9677

Nevada Customer Service (866)-281-2443

New York Customer Service (888)-328-6399

Texas Customer Service (877)-777-7328

If you receive a payment of more or less than $375 that is not the summer deposit. It may be a deposit owed to you from the 2020-2021 regular P-EBT cycle.

Here are a few additional resources for understanding federal food benefits and other food assistance: 

Here’s What You Need To Know About EBT Cards & Benefits

Here’s What You Can And Cannot Buy With Your SNAP, P-EBT And EBT Cards

EBT Guide For Traveling, Restaurants, Lost Cards Or Unused Benefits

Thalia Carrillo is a writer based in Austin, TX. She moved from her hometown of El Paso, TX to pursue a journalism degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys covering politics and pop culture and has a passion for social justice, digital storytelling, plants, and specialty coffee!