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P-EBT Program

IMPORTANT: To qualify, kids must have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2021-22 school year at a participating school and been attending school via Independent Study (California's version of virtual learning) or had at last least five excused absences in a month.
If your address, phone number or email has changed, contact your student's school site to ensure a timely delivery of the next P-EBT (3.0)  

CVUHSD Families,

Additional information about P-EBT 3.0 and Summer 2022 P-EBT eligibility requirements will be shared upon plan approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

P-EBT 3.0

California submitted a P-EBT 3.0 plan to the USDA for approval. In anticipation of approval, the CDE is reminding program operators to update the following CALPADS information:

  • Ensure student enrollment and eligibility information are up to date in CALPADS, including:
    • Student enrollments and exits, especially enrollments in provision schools
    • Free and reduced-price meal program records
    • Migrant, homeless, and foster records
  • Ensure student mailing addresses are up to date in CALPADS: P-EBT 3.0 and Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit cards will be mailed to address in CALPADS.

Summer 2022 P-EBT

When approved by the USDA, Summer 2022 P-EBT will be available to students that were enrolled as of May 2022, and free or reduced-price eligible, directly certified, or attended a Community Eligibility Provision or other Provision school.

In addition, students not enrolled as of May 2022 (such as new transfer students) may be eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT. [Note: The previous sentence was updated on August 3, 2022 to replace kindergarten with transfer based on USDA guidance. Kindergarten students may be eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT based on Cal Fresh enrollment only.] Students can be determined eligible through the summer months if they qualify as free or reduced price through meal application, alternate income form, or direct certification. Students newly eligible with a CALPADS eligibility start date on or before August 15, 2022, will receive Summer 2022 P-EBT. Therefore, the CDE encourages program operators to make opportunities for Summer 2022 P-EBT available to students during the summer months.

For more information about P-EBT, please send families to the California Department of Social Services P-EBT web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Also, the Nutrition Services Division has a P-EBT email to assist program operators at [email protected].

You may find additional information for prior P-EBT programs:

“P-EBT is a program by CDSS and CDE, funded by the USDA, an equal opportunity employer”