Food Resources for Students and Families
- Learn about P-EBT benefits: https://www.map-ebt.org/
- Learn about using food benefits to purchase food at local Farmers' Markets: https://somervillemobilefarmersmarket.wordpress.com/food-assistance/
Food Pantry Information
Visit http://somervillefoodsecurity.org/food-access-during-covid-19 for food pantry locations and hours. Website will note any restrictions such as requiring an ID or proof of Somerville residency.
P-EBT (Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer)
Additional Funds for Food: Massachusetts families with children who were receiving free and reduced price school meals will be receiving food support through the federal Pandemic-EBT program. P-EBT is a separate program that functions like SNAP. Benefit amounts are based on a daily student rate. Additional information in multiple languages is available HERE. Informational brochure in English and Spanish are available HERE.
- The Public Charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT benefits. Using P-EBT benefits does NOT impact your or your child’s immigration status.
- For families on SNAP, P-EBT benefits will be issued on their normal SNAP EBT card.
- Families not already receiving SNAP will get a special P-EBT Food Card in the mail for each child that can be used to purchase food at local grocers.
- Eligible families include those approved for National School Lunch Program free or reduced price meals, including all children in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools or school districts.
Updated Information on How to Activate (PIN) a P-EBT Card: You will need the letter the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) sent you in the mail to activate the card. If you lost the letter or never received one, call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline (800) 645-8333. The Massachusetts EBT vendor was not able to change the automated prompts you hear when you call to PIN a card, and unfortunately, some of the automated instructions are inaccurate for P-EBT cards. Instead, please follow the steps below:
- Call the EBT card phone number on the back of your P-EBT card: 800-997-2555.
- Enter your P-EBT card number (it is an 18-digit number).
- You will then be prompted incorrectly to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. Do not enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. For the P-EBT cards, you must enter the last four digits of your child's case number that was provided on the DTA letter you received in the mail.
- Then enter your child's date of birth using a two-digit month, two-digit day, and four-digit year (example: 04/06/2005).
- For more information, visit: map-ebt.org. Questions? Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333.
2020/2021 school year
- More P-EBT benefits were issued in September 2020 at a rate of $5.86 per day.
- You will get P-EBT funds for your student(s) if:
- They qualify for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program, AND their school building has been closed due to a delayed start in September.
- They qualify for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program, AND your student is learning at home for at least 5 days in a row in September.
- If both are true, you will receive benefits for both the delayed start days as well as the qualifying stay-at-home days.
- Starting on March 25, 2021, P-EBT benefits for K-12 students will be increasing to $136.40 for remote learners and $68.20 for hybrid learners. Check your balance in early April for a special one-time payment to cover funds for October-January.
- Funds will continue to be issued on the 25th of the month based on the learning situation of each child for the month before. Example: March P-EBT funds will be based on your child’s learning situation in February, April funds will be based on your child’s March learning situation, and so on. If your child is returning to hybrid and then full-time in-person learning in March/April, you will likely see the change reflected in your P-EBT funds in the May and June disbursements.
The P-EBT amount is based on each student’s school learning situation confirmed by their school the month before and may vary from student to student, even within a family. If you think your student qualifies but did not receive a card or a letter, call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363.
I need my student's case number to activate my P-EBT card. Get your student's case number online by entering their P-EBT card number into the P-EBT Case Information Form.
I am still waiting for my card for P-EBT benefits from last school year. Complete the P-EBT Card Replacement Request Form with as much information as possible. If DTA finds a match for your child, expect a card in 3-4 weeks. If they do not, someone from DTA will call you for more information in the days following. Please do not complete the form more than once per child.
I lost/threw out my card. Complete the P-EBT Card Replacement Request Form with as much information as possible. If DTA finds a match for your child, expect a card in 3-4 weeks. If they do not, someone from DTA will call you for more information in the days following. Please do not complete the form more than once per child.
Call with Concerns and Questions
Call 3-1-1 any time if you are concerned about food access, and they will connect you with the appropriate resource.