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​The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not receiving these meals in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sponsors can direct questions to pebt@isbe.net.

ATTENTION PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND RECIPIENTS: Please contact the Illinois Department of Human Services at (833) 621-0737 or use the DHS P-EBT General Inquiry Request form​ for assistance. Additional information, including common questions and answers are available at:

 2021-2022 P-EBT

​If it is determined that Illinois can meet the requirements for SY 21-22 P-EBT, a detailed plan will be submitted to the USDA for their review and approval. If approved, ISBE will notify all eligible schools. ​

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