P-EBT food benefit program for public school students who receive free or reduced-price lunch


The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a financial resource for families with students who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19. P-EBT provides households with an EBT card with funds to spend on food at home for students.


All students are eligible who had access to free or reduced-price lunch at a public school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), including all students at Community Eligible Provision schools.


1.Automatic participation from SNAP benefit: Currently enrolled students who are receiving SNAP benefits on an active EBT card automatically will receive additional funds for P-EBT on their card. The guardian and/or parent does not need to do anything.

2.Automatic participation from other Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) income-eligible program benefits: Currently enrolled students who are receiving Medicaid or KTAP benefits based on income levels below the NSLP income guidelines, or who are in foster care, will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. The guardian and/or parent does not need to do anything.

3.Elective participation: Students who do not qualify based on automatic participation, or who are unsure and are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch, should complete a simple online P-EBT application: https://benefind.ky.gov/. Student name, address, date of birth and Statewide Student Identification (SSID) are required. Applications open for 30 days beginning June 1. Once the applicant receives confirmation the student had access to free or reduced-price lunch, the household will be mailed a P-EBT card. (Amount cannot be split or transferred and may be reduced if student eligibility began after March 1.)


Please visit the CHFS P-EBT webpage to find answers to frequently asked questions and support.


Log onto Campus Parent Portal. Click on Today (left hand side), your child's 10 digit student number (SSID) will be listed under his/her name.  If you have more than one child, click on the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner and select each child in order to view their SSID.

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