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Summer 2023 P-EBT for Utah

This post will provide a detailed guide to Summer 2023 P-EBT for Utah. 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 Utah Department of Workforce Service (DWS) will administer the P-EBT benefits in the state for Summer 2023.

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

Additionally, we will explain the eligibility criteria, application process, distribution timeline, and the amount of benefits.

Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about Utah Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits.

Let’s dive in!

Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits for Utah

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 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 Utah

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

To qualify for the 2023 Utah Summer P-EBT benefits, your child must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in a brick-and-mortar National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participating school on or before May 1, 2023.
  2. Be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2022-23 school year.
  3. Be enrolled in a Community Eligible Provision or Provision 2 school.

It’s important to note that homeschooled and virtual students are NOT eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits.

When will 2023 Utah P-EBT Benefits be Distributed?

The benefits will be issued as a one-time payment in July 2023.

You can expect to receive the benefit by the end of July.

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

Eligible students will receive a one-time payment of $120 per student.

This payment aims to help families purchase food and cover meals during the summer months.

2023 Utah Summer P-EBT Benefits FAQs

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

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

If your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals as of May 1, 2023, you do not need to apply separately for the Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits.

Eligible students will automatically receive the benefits.

Why do I have a new case/account number?

You might have received a new case/account number for the Summer 2023 benefits due to certain differences in student records between this year and previous P-EBT years.

These differences could include changes in eligibility status or other relevant factors.

How do I set/change the PIN on my P-EBT card?

The process for setting or changing your PIN is straightforward. Follow these steps:

  1. Call the number provided on the back of your P-EBT card.
  2. Enter your Card Number as prompted.
  3. Input your mailing zip code.
  4. Provide the date of birth of the child, typically the oldest student.
  5. Select a 4-digit PIN. Remember, avoid using High Risk numbers or patterns like 1111 or 1234, ensuring the PIN is unique and not in consecutive order.

How do I know if my child is eligible for P-EBT benefits?

Eligibility for P-EBT benefits is extended to students who meet specific criteria. If your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals and received a notification letter from their school district for the school year 2022-23, there’s a likelihood they qualify for P-EBT benefits.

Is an application required for this program?

Participating in P-EBT doesn’t necessitate a separate application. However, to be eligible for P-EBT benefits, your child must be enrolled and receive a letter indicating their eligible status for free or reduced-price school meals.

How much money will I receive?

The Summer 2023 P-EBT benefit amounts to $40 per month, totaling a substantial $120 per qualifying student. This benefit is designed as a one-time payment.

How will my child receive these benefits?

The distribution of P-EBT benefits involves loading them onto an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Students who received SNAP benefits from September 2022 to May 2023 will have their Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits added seamlessly to their existing SNAP EBT card.

On the other hand, non-SNAP households will either have benefits added to their existing P-EBT card or receive a new card.

When will these benefits be available?

Anticipate the distribution of P-EBT benefits to take place by the conclusion of July 2023. To ascertain your student’s eligibility and benefit status, you can reach out to your school district/charter school food service department or proactively monitor your card for P-EBT benefits.

Are they retroactive?

It’s important to note that the Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits are exclusive to the summer of 2023. The program doesn’t extend retroactively to previous years. Any expired benefits cannot be reinstated.

Can my child still use their school’s summer meal program while receiving P-EBT?

Absolutely, participating in the P-EBT program doesn’t hinder your child’s participation in their local summer meal program. Your child can benefit from both programs concurrently.

Will P-EBT be counted as a public charge?

There’s no need for concern about P-EBT benefits affecting your or your child’s immigration status. P-EBT benefits are not taken into account for the public charge test.

How long are these benefits valid?

You can use P-EBT benefits for 274 days from the date of issuance; they cannot be reissued or extended once they expire.

What if I have moved?

To ensure accurate communication, it’s imperative to have your correct mailing address updated with your child’s school. If you need to modify the address linked to your P-EBT card, follow the instructions outlined by the Department of Workforce Services.

How do I contact for assistance or inquiries?

For specific inquiries related to P-EBT, direct your communication to [email protected]. For questions pertaining to eligibility or benefit status, connect with your local school district or charter school food service department.

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

Call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-800-997-4444 (M-F from 6 am to 8 pm) to check your balance.

Summary – Summer 2023 P-EBT for Utah

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

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

Households that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically receive these benefits and do not need to apply.

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 Utah was helpful.

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

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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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