Get Help Buying Groceries While Schools are Closed

Foster parents with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals are eligible to apply for the Emergency School Meals Program. This Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program helps families buy groceries during these challenging times. All students in foster care qualify for free school meals. As a foster parent, you can apply for this program regardless of family structure, income or immigration status. 

Pandemic-EBT Information


Families with school-age children who have recently lost jobs or income may complete an application for free or reduced-price school meals through your school district before June 30, 2020 and before you apply for P-EBT. You may also apply for Basic Food before June 30, 2020 online ( or by phone (877-501-2233 – DSHS Customer Service Contact Center). If you are approved for Basic Food, you will also receive P-EBT benefits for your school-age children.


Summer Meals Site Information

To find a Summer Meals site near you, please use a Summer Meals Locator: Text “food” or “comida” to 877–877, or you can also find summer meal sites online.

Passport Scholar Success Fund

Students who have received or are eligible to receive the Passport to Careers Scholarship can apply for the funds. This fund is flexible and can be used to pay for a variety of expenses Passport-eligible students may encounter. Initiate a funding request and learn more.