Quarterly spending on Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program declined in 2023 prior to program’s expiration

Bar chart showing Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer spending, in billions of dollars, from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2023.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit program issued benefits to qualifying households for the value of school meals missed due to pandemic-related disruptions to onsite instruction at schools. The program distributed $70.9 billion in benefits from March 2020, when it began, to September 2023, when it ended.

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