Summer 2022 P-EBT FAQ

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service approved the continuation of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for Summer 2022. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) will distribute a one-time lump sum payment of $391 to all students who were eligible for P-EBT benefits during the 2021-22 school year and through July 31, 2022. Parents will be able see their Summer P-EBT benefit reflected on the P-EBT Parent Portal ( on or around September 29, 2022.  

 Summer 2022 P-EBT Program

Short for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, P-EBT is a federally funded COVID-19 relief program made possible through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Using P-EBT cards, the program provides nutritional assistance to National School Lunch Program participants and qualifying families to replace school meals missed due to COVID-19 related events.

Summer P-EBT is an extension of the P-EBT program for school aged children and children under 6 in a SNAP participating household as of July 31, 2022.

Summer 2022 P-EBT Benefits is Available to:

Any student who received free or reduced-price meals in the 21-22 school year through one of the following is eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits:

  • National School Lunch Program, income application or direct certification,
  • Enrollment in a Community Eligibility Provision school, or
  • Enrollment in a school operating under Provision 2 or 3.

School-aged children determined eligible by July 31, 2022 will be issued Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits.

Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits will also be issued to children under 6 that live in a household that received SNAP food assistance benefits as of July 31, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each school/school district provided TDHS with information on students who are eligible to receive Summer benefits. If you are unsure if your child qualifies for Summer 2022 P-EBT Benefits based on the criteria above, please contact the P-EBT help line at (833) 419-3210.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services will distribute Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits on current P-EBT cards for eligible school-aged children on or around September 29th, 2022. Funds will load onto your current P-EBT card(s). If you have discarded your card and need to request a new one, please visit to request a new P-EBT card or call 1 (888) 997-9444. You can also call the P-EBT assistance line at (833) 419-3210.

For children under 6 in a participating SNAP household, benefits will be issued on the existing SNAP EBT card.

TDHS will issue a one-time benefit of $391 per each eligible child.  You can check your P-EBT card balance on or by calling the number on the back of your P-EBT card.

If you think your student qualifies but you have not received funds on your card on of after September 29, 2022, call the P-EBT assistance line at (833) 419-3210.

Call (833) 419-3210 to speak with our P-EBT customer service agents and verify eligibility.