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Orange County Social Services Agency announces availability of new EBT benefit in response to COVID-19

On Friday, April 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved California’s application to operate a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beginning today, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will issue P-EBT benefits to CalFresh, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs and Foster Care households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals as well as to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals whose schools are closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Through the program, households will receive up to $365 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT benefits. The total amount received depends on how many eligible children there are in the household and the P-EBT card will be paid up to the following amounts each month:

  • March 2020: $68 per eligible child
  • April 2020: $120 per eligible child
  • May 2020: $120 per eligible child
  • June 2020: $57 per eligible child

The California Department of Education (CDE) and CDSS estimate P-EBT benefits issuance of more than $1.4 billion to over 3.8 million school children throughout the state to address food insecurity during the crisis.

In Orange County, households with children who are directly certified to receive free and reduced-price school meals and are current CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefit recipients, will automatically be mailed their P-EBT card by May 22 and do not need to apply for the benefit.

Orange County families with children from households eligible for free and reduced-price school meals through a school application, and some attending schools where meals are free for all students, who have not received a P-EBT card by 5/22/20, will need to apply online. The application period for P-EBT benefits will run beginning May 22 through June 30, 2020 at https://ca.p-ebt.org.

Students can still pick up to-go meals if they receive P-EBT benefits.

For more information, please refer to the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Additional questions about the P-EBT program should be directed to the EBT Customer Service Center at (877) 328-9677 or by visiting https://ca.p-ebt.org/info.

The article above was released by the Orange County Social Services Agency.


  1. What about college student? Are they qualify for ebt?

  2. I would just like to know people who live alone I’m 68 years old I’m under Social Security and receive a very small pension of course I pay my rent gas light food etc. myself do I get any kind of food stamps to help me out I don’t have someone that could help me out

    1. There is a rumor going around in Santa Ana Ca that some people have said they have received another months food stamps is this true or just a rumor

    2. Unfortunately from what my dad tells me he didn’t qualify because of his ssi. He barely survives& if it wasn’t 4 my sister he wouldn’t even be able to live in HB on the nothing amount he receives on his ssi chks. It’s pathetic California thinks that older ppl could actually survive living in this state on a thousand or less a month. R u serious ‼️ But hey they r so quick to help all these illegals.. WHY WOULD THIS GOVT HELP ANY ONE OTHER THEN THEIR OWN CITIZENS 1ST‼️ What a slap in the face… If they can’t help their own citizens live with the basic essentials then how dare they even offer a cent to any non citizen. R u kidding me. What a total disgrace.
      I really feel for you. I’ve heard that ppl in ssi over the age of 65 can now apply for foodstamps but I’m not sure what the cut off amount is 4 as far as how much u can earn in a month and still qualify.. u can apply online & do everything online do u should take a look just in case. Good luck 2 you..

      1. I agree with you 100 percent they are always so quick to help the illegals coming into our country and yet we work most of our lives and pay into it and then we get the short end of it! I get $16.00 a month in my EBT and if that isn’t a slap in the face I don’t know what is and less than $1000 per month on my SSI because I’m disabled! And I don’t qualify for housing but I know of a girl that has 7 kids and lives in Placentia in a 4 bedroom house in section 8 living on the all of us and every time there’s a free benefit she’s right there getting it so I can relate and feel your pain as well!!! Good luck to y’all and stay safe and healthy!!

      2. You can now receive CalFresh if you are on SSI and for the past 2 months they’ve given a bonus of the full month normally I’m 65 and I received $20 a month however the past two months I’ve received $194 per month so apply as soon as you can and hopefully that helps

  3. Oh thank you I need anything extra

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