Review of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Applications for Eligible Children of Free/Reduced Priced Meals

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Information Memo


Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) granted special permission for the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to correct any Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP applications from the Spring 2019-2020 school year that were denied in error.

  • The Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP applications of households who were denied benefits in error are now being reviewed and their eligibility for benefits may be corrected. P-EBT benefits will be issued in the month of February 2021 for these households.  Eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT benefits followed the same guidance from the prior school year.
  • Approximately 1.2 million children in Illinois have qualified for P-EBT benefits since August 2020.
  • CN 21.04/CN 21.04S (pdf) Notice of Eligibility for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits 2019-2020 School Year will be sent.

signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

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