Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families who qualify for free or reduced price school meals can get a one-time pandemic electronic benefit transfer (P-EBT) payment. The state Department of Social Services says the benefit is available to each pre-K through 12th grade child in the household who qualifies. The aid is intended to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on school days for March, April, and May.

If your child was not previously getting free or reduced-price meals but you have lost income, you may be able to get P-EBT benefits. 

The state and school districts are working together to get applications out to student households to apply. The letter you receive from your school district will include information on how to apply online or by mail. You must apply for benefits by June 30. Please do not send completed applications to your school.

  • If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you will receive $302 per eligible child for the months of March, April, and May. You do NOT need to apply.
  • If you did not get Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020. You will report your income for March, April, and May when you apply. The amount of your P-EBT benefits will depend on your eligibility for those months. The maximum amount is $302 per eligible child, which includes: March: $57, April: $125, May: $120

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process.

If you’re not able to apply online, you can use the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at ydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt