New Mexico to deliver $303 thousand in food assistance

SANTA FE – Families for 2,686 New Mexico students will receive benefits on August 7, to reimburse them for free and reduced-price school meals missed due to COVID-related absences.

Approximately, $303,454 in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) will be issued to cover meals for

K-12 students who missed five or more days of school in April and May of this year due to COVID-19. The issuance amount is $7.10 per day the child was absent from school.

The P-EBT issuance for the months of February and March of this year was approximately $490,922.40 for 6000 school-age students.

Parents and guardians will be able to check on August 16 whether their child qualified for the latest P-EBT issuance at the VERIFY P-EBT Information section of the Human Services Department’s YesNM portal.

To verify for the previous issuance of February and March, parents can check the site from August 4 through August 11. 


“The goal of this program is not just to reimburse families with school-age students who had to miss school due to COVID,” said Angela Medrano, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “But to help provide good nutrition to New Mexican families when they need it the most.”

If your child has a P-EBT card, please keep the card and do not destroy it. If a new address or guardian was reported to the school, a new P-EBT card will be sent to the new address.

For questions regarding your child’s P-EBT card, please call the NM PEBT Hotline at 1-833-415-0569. For questions regarding absences reported for your child, contact the child’s school.

If you receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits, make sure the Human Services Department has your most up-to-date mailing address to ensure written correspondence is mailed to you when needed. You may update your contact information at the YesNM portal.

Answers to other frequently asked questions can also be found online at:

K-12 students do not need to be receiving SNAP food benefits in order to qualify for P-EBT.


We talk, interpret and smile in all languages.  We provide written information to our customers in both English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 languages through our provider, CTS Language Link. For our hearing, and speech impaired customers, we utilize Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service that ensures equal communication access via the telephone to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled.

The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,062,637  New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.