P-EBT is a federal program administered by the State of Alaska.

This page is dedicated to sharing resources and updated information from the state. Food Bank of Alaska is unable to provide any additional information on P-EBT aside from what is regularly updated on this page. We unfortunately don’t have insight into the timing of benefits. We will continue to share updates as we receive them. Typically this page is updated on Fridays.

Anchorage School District benefits have started to go out to eligible families, and because of the district’s size, a list of individual schools issued benefits will be provided.

Once all districts have been issued school year benefits for 2020-21, summer benefits will start to be distributed. Be sure to hang onto your P-EBT cards for this and any future distributions. We don’t know the timing on this but will keep this page updated with information as we receive it.

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program is additional money for families to buy food due to COVID-19 related school closures. Want to see if you qualify for P-EBT and get an estimate of the benefits you may receive? Click the Eligibility and Benefit Calculator button below!


Update 11/9/22:

All districts have been issued Semester 1 benefits. All districts have been issued Semester 2 benefits except for the following:

DistrictSemester 2
FairbanksIn Progress
Lower Kuskokwim
Yukon Flats

All Anchorage schools have been issued Semester 1 benefits. Semester 2 benefits have been issued for the following Anchorage schools so far:

School NameSemester 2
Abbott Loop ElementaryComplete
Airport Heights ElementaryComplete
Alaska Native Cultural Charter SchoolComplete
Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of HearingComplete
Alpenglow ElementaryComplete
Aurora ElementaryComplete
Bartlett High SchoolIn Progress

Please allow 2-4 weeks from issuance to receive your card in the mail. Note that if your children transferred schools during the 2020-21 school year, benefits may be issued on a different schedule.

There is no P-EBT application or form to fill out this time (for the 2020-21 school year). Eligible families will automatically be issued benefits. There will be two rounds of benefit payments (for first and second semester) and the we will update this information when there are target dates for the first round. Eligible families will receive a new P-EBT card in the mail in each child’s name. P-EBT benefits will NOT be loaded onto SNAP Quest cards, like they did in the first spring 2020 distribution.

Families qualify for P-EBT if they:

Received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program -OR-

Attended a school where every student gets normally gets free meals through Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). To see if your school normally offers free school meals through CEP click here.

-AND- Attended a school that transitioned into remote learning as a result of COVID-19.

Some children under 6 will qualify for P-EBT if they are in SNAP households and were living in zip codes affected by school closures or reduced capacity.

P-EBT has been extended through the summer of 2021, and will be available to all children who were eligible to receive free or reduced price meals during that school year. This includes school children who received P-EBT benefits during the school year and those who were eligible for free or reduced price school meals but did not receive P-EBT benefits in the last month of the school year because they attended school in person and had access to a meal service at school.

See the State of Alaska’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the upcoming round of P-EBT benefits.

We will update this page with more information as program details are confirmed. If you would like to receive these updates via email, please submit your information below:

This page will continue to be updated with the latest information as it is made available.