P-EBT Card Update:
August 12 UPDATE:
P-EBT Card Update: Families who still have not received a P-EBT card and have questions should visit dhs.maryland.gov/p-ebt/ for information and answers. If your question isn't answered, please complete the form on that page. As a reminder, P-EBT cards are not being distributed at the district office on North Ave.
JULY 7 UPDATE:
To receive P-EBT card benefits, families must have an updated mailing address. Please update your address with both the Department of Human Services and Baltimore City Public Schools.
How do I update my address?
- To update a mailing address with DHS, please use this form.
- To update your address with City Schools, please submit the updated address with two proofs of residency or a photo of the documents to UpdateMyInfo@bcps.k12.md.us. Families who are unable to submit address updates online can visit the following locations, Monday, July 13 to August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to securely drop off copies of accepted documentation.
- Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School (3501 Hillsdale Road, Baltimore, MD 21207)
- Dunbar High School (1400 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231)
- Office of Enrollment, Choice, & Transfers (200 East North Avenue, Room 106, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Documents that will be accepted as proof of residency include:
- Complete, utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone, or cable) within the last 60 days
- Deed or title to residential property
- Fully-executed, property sales agreement
- Military housing order
- Mortgage settlement sheet
- Signed lease agreement (by landlord and tenant) reflecting the name(s) of the parent(s)/guardian(s) as tenants
- Property tax bill or statement
- Recent bank or mortgage statement*
- Recent employer pay stub*
- Recent homeowner, renter, or medical insurance statement*
- Recent letter from Social Security Administration, Social Services, Maryland Vehicle Administration, Internal Revenue Services, or Maryland Judicial System*
How do I activate the card?
Call the phone number on the back of the card. You will need the 16 digit EBT card number on the front of the card, your zip code, and the date of birth of the eligible child listed on the card. When prompted to enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number, enter 0000. You will then need to set a four-digit pin number
On July 1, the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) provided an important update to the Pandemic-EBT Program. Please see below for the latest update.
The Maryland Department of Human Services (MD DHS) has established a P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form for households to submit questions regarding P-EBT. Please share the following link for the new P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form with schools, families, and parents: P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form
As a reminder, the Maryland P-EBT website includes Frequently Asked Questions. The MD DHS hotline is 1-800-332-6347.
Find out information and frequently asked questions about P-EBT on the new Maryland P-EBT website.
All students enrolled in Baltimore City Public Schools are eligible for the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program. Households will receive approximately $114/month in benefits for each school-aged child in your household. P-EBT cards will allow families to purchase food directly from approved grocery stores and other outlets that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), EBT, or the Independence Card.
If your household currently receives SNAP benefits, the P-EBT payments are automatically added to your SNAP card. If you think you may be eligible for SNAP, we encourage you to apply. View SNAP eligibility criteria and apply online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us by clicking “create account.” You can also call the MD Department of Human Services (DHS) at 1-800-332-6347 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you have trouble or need help applying for SNAP, call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552.
If your household does not currently receive SNAP benefits, you are eligible to receive a new P-EBT card from the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS). To help ensure access to these benefits, households should update their current contact information in their City Schools’ profile by emailing updated address documentation to the enrollment official at their student’s school. Providing updated address information ensures that City Schools can share the most accurate and up-to-date information with the responsible state agencies. It also should reduce wait times to be contacted by the Maryland Department of Human Services. Inaccurate addresses or telephone numbers in your City Schools’ profile could delay the Maryland Department of Human Services’ distribution of a P-EBT benefit card to your family.
Things you should know:
- Families will receive P-EBT benefits between June 23 - 30. Both SNAP households and non-SNAP households will receive benefits during this same time frame.
- Benefits for the period of March, April, May and June will be issued in one lump sum payment of approximately $330 per child.
- Each eligible student will receive a benefit card in their name.
For more food options, visit: https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/food-distribution-sites.