Financial Assistance Available for Families That Qualify for Free and Reduced School Lunches

  • Deadline Extended for Families to Apply for COVID-19 Food Assistance
    Application for Pandemic EBT Program will now be accepted until July 13, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

    Families across Tennessee still have time to apply for an important program designed to help support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has extended the deadline to apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program until Monday, July 13 at 4:30 P.M. Central Time.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.

    Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT.

    Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to apply for P-EBT online here beginning June 15.

    Visit the Tennessee Department of Human Services for the full press release.

General Information

  • What are P-EBT or Pandemic EBT benefits?

  • Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?

  • How much in P-EBT benefits will participants receive?

  • How do I apply for P-EBT?

Contact Information

  • Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the Tennessee Department of Human Services hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3.

    Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at