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Georgia P-EBT For 2020-2021 School Year

Will there be another round of Georgia P-EBT benefits in 2021? When can parents apply for the new round of P-EBT benefits? How much will each child receive in the new 2020-2021 school year? These are some of the questions we have received from our readers regarding the Georgia P-EBT program. As a result, we have created this Georgia P-EBT for 2021 to guide you through the process and answer questions about the program.

First, we will explain what the P-EBT program is about.

Furthermore, we will provide an update on the P-EBT extension for the 2020-2021 school year and what to expect.

Also, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about the Georgia P-EBT program.

"Georgia P-EBT Program Extension Guide for 2021"

This post will cover:

  • What is P-EBT?
  • Georgia P-EBT 2021 School Year
  • Georgia P-EBT FAQs

What is P-EBT?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT).

The bill was signed into law on March 18, 2020, by President Donald Trump in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19.

One of the biggest disruptions caused by COVID-19 is the inability of children who receive free or reduced school meals at school to get their meals.

In response to this challenge, Congress created the P-EBT program.

P-EBT is a benefit for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year, but their school was closed.

It provides benefits on a P-EBT card, which works like a debit card and can be used to purchase eligible food.

The Georgia Department of Family & Children Services runs the program, together with the Georgia Department of Education (DOE).

Georgia P-EBT for 2021 School Year

"Georgia P-EBT Card 2021"

The P-EBT program has been approved to extend into the 2020-2021 school year with the stimulus bill passed in December.

In addition, the United States Department of Education has approved states to begin offering P-EBT for the new school year starting in October 2020.

However, the Georgia DFCS and DOE have not released dates for when benefits will be released for the new School year.

If your child is eligible, contact your school for more information or call your local DFCS office.

We will provide an update to this article as soon as the payment schedule is announced.

Georgia P-EBT FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked Georgia P-EBT questions.

Who needs to apply for Georgia P-EBT?

If your family is currently receiving SNAP, you may not need to apply for P-EBT.

The Georgia DFCS will work with the Georgia DOE to get the names of eligible children.

If they can match your child’s name exactly, your child’s P-EBT benefits will automatically be added to your existing SNAP card.

What if I am not currently receiving SNAP?

The Georgia P-EBT program is also available to families who are not currently receiving food stamps but were receiving free or reduced school lunch.

If that describes your situation, you will need to need to submit a formal application to receive P-EBT benefits.

If approved, an EBT card will be mailed to your family within three (3) to four (4) weeks.

How much will I get in Georgia P-EBT benefits?

Families will receive approximately $256.50 in total P-EBT benefits per child per eligible month.

This is based on the number of school closure days between March 2020 through May 2020.

Georgia DFCS was approved to issue $5.70 per day for the 45 days the child missed school in Georgia.

In 2021, the amount is expected to remain the same for eligible students.

Here’s the payment amount based on the number of children in the household.

No. of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch Allotment Amount
1 child  $256.50
2 children $513.00
3 children $769.50
4 children $1,026.00
5 children $1,282.50
6 children $1,539.00
7 children $1,795.50
8 children $2,052.00

When will I get my Georgia P-EBT benefits?

How you receive your Georgia P-EBT benefits depends on whether you are currently receiving SNAP benefits or not.

If your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits, you will a P-EBT benefit on your existing EBT card when possible.

However, if your family is not currently receiving SNAP benefits, you have to submit an application to the DFCS.

Once approved, you will get a P-EBT card in the mail that is preloaded with your child’s P-EBT benefits within three (3) to four (4) weeks.

How to Apply for Georgia P-EBT

To apply for the Pandemic-EBT, visit the Division of Family and Children Services website.

Click here to be taken there.

You will need your student’s Georgia Testing ID number (GTID) to complete the application.

You can find this number in the Parent Portal under the “more” section.

Furthermore, your child’s school registrar can also help you with that information.

My child attends a charter school; will I receive P-EBT benefits for my child?

Yes. However, your child must be receiving free or reduced lunch through a Georgia charter school in order to qualify.

Furthermore, the Charter school must be participating in free or reduced-price in the National School Lunch Program to be eligible.

My child attends a private school. Will my child be eligible for Georgia P-EBT?

Unfortunately, No.

The Georgia P-EBT program is only available for students attending a Georgia public school (including Georgia public charter schools).

Does the P-EBT Program cost anything?

No, there is no charge for participating in the program.

The P-EBT benefits are entirely federally funded.

The State of Georgia does not provide any of the funds for P-EBT benefits.

However, the state does incur some modest costs to operate the program.

Georgia P-EBT For 2021 Summary

Here is the P-EBT Schedule for the month of January for eligible students in the state of Georgia:

P-EBT is a benefit for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year, but their school was closed.

Eligible Families will receive approximately $256.50 per child per month.

Furthermore, the P-EBT program has been approved for the 2020-2021 school year with the stimulus bill passed in December.

However, the DFCS and DOE have not released dates for when benefits will be paid for the current school year.


We hope this post on Georgia EBT Card was helpful to you.

If you have any additional questions about your Georgia EBT Card or Georgia Food Stamps, please leave those in the comments section below.

Have you been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you qualify to receive extra food stamps in Georgia? To find out, check out our article here.

Also, be sure to check our other post on Georgia EBT Discounts and Perks 2021, How to shop online with Georgia EBT, and Kroger stores that accept EBT, Food Stamps in Georgia.



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