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Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware

This post will provide a detailed guide to Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware. The Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) has been a crucial federal food program that has provided support to families during the summer period of COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the official COVID-19 health has ended, the federal government is still approving state Summer P-EBT benefits to eligible students.

The Delaware Health and Social Services Department (DHSS) will administer the P-EBT benefits in the state for Summer 2023.

In this blog post, we will provide information about the 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT benefits, including eligibility criteria, application process, distribution timeline, and the amount of benefits. Let’s dive in!

Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits for Delaware

What is P-EBT?

Congress established the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in 2020 to assist families in purchasing food while schools and child care facilities were closed due to the pandemic.

P-EBT provides funds to households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Delaware’s Summer 2023 P-EBT State plan for school-age children.

This means that eligible families will continue to receive P-EBT benefits during the summer months.

Who is Eligible for 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits?

Eligibility for the 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits is determined based on two main conditions:

  1. The child is certified to receive free or reduced-price school meals for the current school year or attends a school where all students receive free meals through Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
  2. The child did not receive meals at school due to school closures, excused absences, or attending school virtually because of COVID-related reasons.

Note that P-EBT benefits are available for children enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade at Delaware schools.

When will 2023 Delaware P-EBT Benefits be Distributed?

The distribution of the 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits is planned for August 2023, although the final date is yet to be determined.

Families will receive benefits in a single issuance.

Keep in mind that we will distribute all P-EBT benefits by September 30, 2023, in compliance with federal regulations.

How Much will my Child Receive in Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits?

The P-EBT benefit amount for the summer of 2023 will be $120 per eligible child.

This benefit is based on the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack.

2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware:

Do I need to apply for Summer P-EBT for 2023?

No separate application is required for the 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits.

The P-EBT program will automatically enroll eligible families.

The Division of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Education (DOE) use information collected from Delaware schools to determine eligibility and attendance for children.

What is the P-EBT Program?

The P-EBT program provides food assistance to families with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 related reasons.

How do I activate my P-EBT card?

To activate your P-EBT card, call the phone number on the back of the card, select the P-EBT option, and follow the prompts.

You’ll need the card number, last 4 digits of the guardian’s Social Security Number, and the date of birth.

How do I use my P-EBT benefits?

You can use your P-EBT benefits on your SNAP EBT or P-EBT card at SNAP-authorized retailers, including grocery stores and participating farmer’s markets.

Check the SNAP Retailer Locator tool for authorized retailers near you.

Will P-EBT benefits affect my SNAP benefits?

No, P-EBT benefits are separate and will not affect your SNAP benefits.

What can I purchase with P-EBT benefits?

You can purchase SNAP-eligible food items, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, breads, and more.

For more information and specific questions, contact the Delaware Division of Social Services at 1-866-843-7212 or visit their website.

How do I check my Delaware P-EBT Card Balance?

Call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-800-526-9099 (M-F from 6am to 8pm) to check your balance.

Summary – Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware

Here’s the bottom line about the 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT Benefits:

The 2023 Delaware Summer P-EBT benefits aim to provide additional support to families with school-age children during the summer months.

Eligible households do not need to apply for these benefits as they will be automatically distributed to students who meet the eligibility criteria.

The set benefit amount of $120 per eligible child will help alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with providing food during the summer.

For more information or assistance, households can contact the P-EBT Helpline.


We hope this post on the Summer 2023 P-EBT for Delaware was helpful.

If you have further questions about Delaware P-EBT benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our other articles on SNAP EBT and Food Stamps:

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.



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