Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Provides Extra Help For Students

Published on: 8/4/2020

​​​​​The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year, but their school was closed. The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has been approved to operate the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.  This program will provide extra help to children who normally would receive free or reduced school lunch.  Families will receive a one-time allotment of $256.50 in total P-EBT benefits per child.

Who needs to apply for funds?

     Families who currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as food stamps) may not need to apply for these benefits. Eligible SNAP recipients should automatically receive the benefits loaded onto their electronic benefit transfers (EBT) cards if their child was enrolled in a free and reduced meals program at their school during the 2019-2020 school year. 

What if I do not receive funds, but I'm eligible?
     If you do not receive these Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) benefits, and you have eligible children, you can submit an online application. (once you click on the link, scroll down to access the online form link).  Approved applicants will receive an EBT card within three to four weeks of approval.  

What if I do not receive SNAP benefits, but my child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals?
     Parents who do not currently receive SNAP but have children who were eligible to receive free or reduced school meals as of March 2020, can apply for benefits here (once you click on the link, scroll down to access the online form link). On this application you will be asked to provide a Student Testing Identification Number otherwise known as a GTID.  Approved applicants will receive an EBT card within three to four weeks of approval.

How do I find my child's GTID number?

You can find your child's GTID number in your PowerSchool Parent Access Account or on your child's previous Georgia Milestones Assessment System results report. These are instructions to find the GTID number in your PowerSchool Parent Access Account:

  • Login to your PowerSchool Parent account.
  • Click Student Transcript om the left menu list.
  • Your Georgia Testing ID (GT ID) # is listed as the State Student ID and is 10 digits.

Click here to request a Parent Access Account.  

Click here for the application.

Click here for more information about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.

Click here for FAQ's from the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services.​




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