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Summer 2023 P-EBT for New York

This post will provide a detailed guide to Summer 2023 P-EBT for New York. 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 New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) administers P-EBT benefits in the state for Summer 2023.

In this blog post, we will provide information about the 2023 New York Summer P-EBT benefits.

This includes eligibility criteria, application process, distribution timeline, and the amount of benefits. Let’s dive in!

Summer 2023 P-EBT for New York

What is P-EBT?

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program was established by Congress in 2020 to assist families in purchasing food while schools and childcare 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 New York

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved New York’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 New York Summer P-EBT Benefits?

Eligibility for the 2023 Summer P-EBT is based on the enrollment data collected by the New York State Education Department (SED).

This information is collected from both public and non-public schools.

Children who attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or Special Provisions during the 2022-2023 school year may qualify for P-EBT benefits.

It’s important to note that P-EBT benefits are only available to children who attended an NSLP-participating school at the end of the preceding school year.

When will 2023 New York P-EBT Benefits be Distributed?

New York will provide a Summer P-EBT of $120 to all children enrolled in the school lunch program.

The state hopes to start issuing these benefits by August 2023 with the majority of households receiving benefits by September 30, 2023.

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

The Summer 2023 P-EBT is for the period from June through August 2023 and has a set benefit amount of $120.

The OTDA will begin mailing Summer P-EBT cards based on the schedule above.

2023 New York Summer P-EBT Benefits FAQs

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

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

No, eligible families do not need to apply for the 2023 New York Summer P-EBT benefits.

Students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-2023 school year and were enrolled during the last calendar month of the school year will automatically receive the Summer P-EBT benefits.

How do I access P-EBT food benefits on the P-EBT Card?

To access your child’s P-EBT food benefits using a P-EBT Food Benefit card, you need to select a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

You can choose a PIN by calling 1-888-328-6399 and providing security information such as your zip code and the month and day of the cardholder’s birthday (MM/DD).

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions provided on the OTDA website or watch the “Activating a P-EBT Food Benefit Card” video.

How do I order a replacement P-EBT Food Benefit card?

If your previously issued P-EBT Food Benefit card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement by calling 1-888-328-6399.

You will need to provide security information, including the 19-digit card number printed on the front of the card.

If you do not have the P-EBT card number, here’s what you can do:

You can provide the cardholder’s SSN, entering 999-99 followed by the 2-digit month and 2-digit day (MM/DD) of the cardholder’s birthday.

Additionally, you will also need to verify the cardholder’s birthday and provide the Personal Identification Number (PIN) you selected for the original card.

Do P-EBT food benefits expire?

P-EBT food benefits remain available and accessible on your EBT or P-EBT Food Benefit card for 274 days from the date of issuance.

It’s important to use the benefits within this timeframe to ensure you don’t lose any unused funds.

What can I purchase with my child’s P-EBT food benefits?

P-EBT food benefits can be used to purchase a variety of food items at authorized retail food stores.

The eligible food items are similar to those that can be purchased with SNAP benefits.

This includes items such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, bread, cereals, meat, poultry, fish, and more.

For a detailed list of eligible food items, click here.

Should I contact my local Department of social services if I have questions about P-EBT food benefits?

No, for questions regarding P-EBT food benefits, you should not contact your local Department of social services.

P-EBT benefits are issued by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

They are separate from SNAP benefits, and your local Department of social services does not have information about your eligibility or specific inquiries related to P-EBT.

What if my child received P-EBT food benefits but we don’t need them?

The P-EBT food benefits are intended for you and your child to purchase food.

If you have received a P-EBT Food Benefit card but don’t require the benefits, you should dispose of the card securely.

This can be done by cutting through the magnetic stripe on the card or shredding it.

Remember that P-EBT benefits are not transferable and cannot be donated.

Are there other food benefits or programs that can help my family?

Yes, if your family does not already receive SNAP benefits, you can check your eligibility and apply online at

Additionally, here’s information for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals and children under the age of 5 who are getting SNAP.

You may automatically qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

There are also programs such as FreshConnectDouble Up Food Bucks, and NYC Health Bucks.

These organizations provide coupons to purchase more fruits and vegetables with SNAP benefits.

If you need further assistance with food here’s what you can do:

Visit websites like or to locate food pantries in your area.

How can I find a location to pick up free meals for my child?

You can find locations where you can pick up free meals for your child using the information below:

  1. Visit the USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder at
  2. You can also call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (Spanish).
  3. Additionally, you can call 211 if you are a New York State resident, or dial 311 if you live in New York City.

These resources will help you locate nearby places where free meals are available for your child.

Where do I go if I have more questions about P-EBT food benefits?

If you have additional questions about P-EBT food benefits, you can call the P-EBT food benefits Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.

Alternatively, you can visit the P-EBT Information Form on the OTDA website to submit your questions in writing.

Please note that the P-EBT Information Form is not an application for P-EBT food benefits.

It is only meant to seek information and clarification.

Can I get Food Stamps if my children are getting P-EBT?

Yes. If you received P-EBT, you may be eligible for SNAP!

Below is the income limit for New York food stamps benefits based on household size.

If you meet the income limit requirements for your household, you can apply for New York food stamps here.

New York SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income Income for Households without Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member) (130% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income for Households with Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member) (150% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income for Households with an Elderly or Disabled Member AND Households with Dependent Care Expenses (200% of FPL)
1 $1,133 $1,473 $1,699 $2,265
2 $1,526 $1,984 $2,289 $3,052
3 $1,920 $2,495 $2,879 $3,839
4 $2,313 $3,007 $3,469 $4,625
5 $2,706 $3,518 $4,059 $5,412
6 $3,100 $4,029 $4,649 $6,199
7 $3,493 $4,541 $5,239 $6,985
8 $3,886 $5,052 $5,829 $7,772
Each Additional Household Member: Add $394 $512 $590 $787

How do I check my New York P-EBT Card Balance?

You can check your family’s P-EBT food benefit balance by visiting or by calling 1-888-328-6399.

Summary – Summer 2023 P-EBT for New York

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

The 2023 New York 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 or visit the CDSS P-EBT website.


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

If you have further questions about New York 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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