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P-EBT Data Collection


The P-EBT program was created as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 epidemic. P-EBT benefits are intended for school-aged children who would have received a free or reduced-price school meal during the time that schools were closed during the 2019-20 school year as well as during the current 2020-21 school year. P-EBT provides a cash-like benefit that will be issued to a P-EBT card or an existing EBT card. Existing EBT cards will automatically receive the additional P-EBT benefits and new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to eligible students. 

Student level data is needed in order to assess eligibility for P-EBT and also to obtain household information. This data collection will follow the typical process of new Data Pipeline collections. More information will be shared at regular town halls.  This collection is a periodic data collection. More specific information will also be provided at upcoming training opportunities.  


CDE requests that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) submit data by the following:

  • First required collection due April 23, 2021
  • Second required collection due May 31, 2021
  • Potential upload due in August

File Layout and Definitions

Business Rules


  • March 24, 2021 P-EBT Training Recording
  • April 1, 2021 P-EBT Training Recording 
  • April 6, 2021 P-EBT Training Recording
  • Also, please attend town halls every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at:

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For more information on P-EBT, see the CDE School Meal Eligibility webpage.  



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