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P-EBT Benefits for Families in Oklahoma’s CPS

Families of students in Oklahoma’s Child Protective Services

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (PEBT) will allow the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to send millions of dollars in federal funds directly to Oklahoma households starting today (P-EBT).

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) helps students who would have received free or reduced-price school meals if not for virtual learning.


Two crucial eligibility criteria must be completed before students in the 2020-21 school year can begin receiving the benefits:

  • To qualify, students must attend an OKCPS school that participates in the federal lunch program.
  • In 2020-21, your child must either attend a school that participates in the federal Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2, or Provision 3 or qualify for free or reduced-price meals. OKCPS is a CEP district, so all virtual students in 2020-2021 are eligible.

Enrolled in a participating school AND receiving virtual instruction, eligible students’ families will receive a P-EBT benefits card worth $6.82 each day.

P-EBT is available to students who were enrolled in e3 in 2020-2021. Days spent in-person or absent from virtual education will not be reimbursed.

P-EBT Benefits for Families in Oklahoma's CPS


The 2020-21 P-EBT benefits will be mailed in mid-September. Delivery may take many weeks. Beginning this week, hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma children will get benefits until October 15.

The amount paid per child in a home may vary greatly because it is based on daily virtual school attendance. Families of qualified kids will be mailed a P-EBT card to their registered address.

Use of P-EBT card?

They can be used to buy food at participating stores and farmers’ markets. Learn more about SNAP-eligible purchases and participating businesses at https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/snap

How to Use

These benefits are automatic. Children will be mailed P-EBT cards for 2020-21. Families with multiple children will receive one card per qualifying child.

Need Help?

If you did not receive your card due to a change of address, please submit an inquiry form. The form will be available here by Oct. 15. For further information, families can call (405) 522-5050 or visit the P-EBT FAQ website.

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