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P-EBT Announcements


Updates & Announcements


February 15, 2022

Third Round of Pandemic EBT Benefits Coming to Eligible Louisiana Children Benefits to be issued to eligible students who were on an approved virtual schedule or who missed days due to COVID-19.

DCFS and the Louisiana Department of Education received approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to distribute a third round of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) to eligible students.

P-EBT benefits will start rolling out between April and May to qualifying households with children in grades K-12.

Students are eligible to receive P-EBT if:

  • they would normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, AND
  • haven’t been receiving those meals during the 2021-22 school year because they are on a fully virtual schedule or missed days of school due to COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no P-EBT application process for parents. Schools will report to DCFS which students meet the criteria for eligibility. Benefits are being calculated differently this year. Students are eligible if they are on an approved fully virtual learning schedule or missed days of school due to COVID-19, according to the school or district COVID-19 protocol. DCFS will then issue P-EBT benefits on a Louisiana Purchase EBT card to each eligible student at the mailing address provided by their school.

Students who are on an approved fully virtual learning schedule would be eligible for $127.80 per eligible month. Students who missed days of school could receive between $21.30 and $127.80 per month depending on the number of approved absences due to COVID-19.

Benefits will be issued on the same card sent for the 2020-21 school year. If the card was lost, stolen or damaged, a new one can be requested through the P-EBT Parent Portal, by calling the EBT customer service line at 1-888-997-1117 or through the LifeInCheck EBT mobile app. For more, visit

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