NM State P-EBT Benefits

News Release February 24, 2021
P-EBT food benefits for 246,000 New Mexico children to be extended for
school year 2020-2021 

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Human Services Department and Public Education Department partner to issue another round of Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to students who qualify for free or reduced meal program and who continue remote or hybrid learning model for the 2020-2021 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture allocated more than $27 million monthly in additional benefits for New Mexico – enough to feed more than 246,000 vulnerable children each month. 

Eligibility for the P-EBT program is determined by the New Mexico Public Education Department, which shares student information with the Human Services Department to issue benefits through P-EBT cards. The P-EBT program applies to all eligible students regardless of their family’s SNAP eligibility. In addition, New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will see an increase in their P-EBT benefits from $5.86 to $6.82 per child per day.
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Helpful Links regarding the P-EBT Card Extension:

Download the P-EBT Card (English & Spanish)

Extended P-EBT Benefits Fact Sheet (English)

Extended P-EBT Benefits Fact Sheet (Spanish)

P-EBT Address Update Form Instructions (English)

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Previous Press Releases and information regarding P-EBT:

News Release October 15, 2020

New Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) hotline for parents
Additional P-EBT cards to be distributed in October

SANTA FE – A new P-EBT hotline has been established for parents who have questions about eligibility or would like additional information about P-EBT benefits, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Thursday. The new 1-833-415-0569 P-EBT hotline will be manned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist families who have flooded current phone lines with questions about P-EBT.

The P-EBT program provides nutrition assistance to New Mexico families to offset meals missed because schools were in a remote learning mode in August and September. New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.86 per child per day for the dates their individual school was 100 percent virtual up until the day their school instituted a hybrid model or Sept. 30; whichever was earlier. To read the full news release click here.

News Release Sept. 28, 2020

243,000 NM children to get extended P-EBT benefits

SANTA FE – New Mexico families will receive more than $45 million in additional food benefits – enough to feed almost 244,000 vulnerable children – following federal approval of the state’s amended Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for August and September.

The benefit will be added to existing P-EBT cards for about two-thirds of recipients, and they can expect to see the money in early October. Others who qualify for the new benefit but don’t have an existing P-EBT card will be issued one with the new benefit, a process that could take several weeks. To read the full news release click here.

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