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The deadline for Illinois families to apply for the Pandemic Emergency Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is July 15th.  

The program is to provide funds for eligible families to buy food for their for school-age children between 3 and 17 years, and 18 to 22 years of age, who would receive National School Lunch Program free of charge or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.  Families that already receieve SNAP benefits do not need to apply, the benefits would automatically be loaded onto their LINK EBT cards.  

Applications can be submitted online at  Alternatively, a paper application can be filled out and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to:


Central Scan Unit (CSU)

P.O. Box 19138

Springfield, IL 62763-9138