Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Important information about food assistance for eligible students

Virginia Department of Social Services Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

Update for the 2021-22 School Year

The Virginia Department of Social Services has announced that the federal P-EBT program will operate under new eligibility guidelines for the current school year and benefits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis to students who meet specific criteria, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The P-EBT program is a federal program created in the spring of 2020 to supplement school meals that students missed while schools were closed or placed on part-time attendance schedules due to COVID-19.

What does this mean for Virginia?

  • Eligibility for P-EBT benefits will change for all students this school year.
  • There are no additional P-EBT benefits scheduled to be released at this time.
  • Breakfast and lunch are available at school to all students at no cost every school day, regardless of family income. Families are encouraged to participate in the school meal program.

Additional details regarding the release of P-EBT benefits for the 2021-22 school year are still being determined, including guidance for children under age six. More information will be communicated upon USDA's approval of Virginia's P-EBT plan.

Questions regarding benefits should be directed to the P-EBT Call Center from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday at 866-513-1414 (toll-free) or 804-294-1633, or through the P-EBT Online Inquiry Form.

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