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Learn more about 2022-2023 P-EBT for SNAP-Recipient Children Under 6

Virginia has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue P-EBT benefits to SNAP-recipient households with children under age six. While this program will officially end on May 11, 2023, in conjunction with the ending of the ending of the federal Public Health Emergency, the USDA’s approval of this P-EBT plan allows for Virginia to still issue backdated P-EBT benefits to eligible households. This will be the last issuance of P-EBT payments for SNAP-recipient children under six.

VDSS began distributing these benefits to eligible SNAP households in March and will continue to do so through June 2023 as outlined in the timetable below.

Sept – Nov 2022 March 18, 2023 $26.94 per eligible month
Dec 2022 April 22, 2023 $26.94 per eligible month
Jan – Mar 2023 May 20, 2023 $24.29 per eligible month
Apr – May* 2023 June 17, 2023 $12.15 per eligible month

*The May issuance will be pro-rated based on 9 eligible school days.

Because the nationwide public health emergency (PHE) declaration will end in May, SNAP-recipient children under age six are not eligible to receive a summer 2023 benefit.

Learn more about Summer 2023 P-EBT for K-12 Students

School-aged children are not approved to receive P-EBT benefits for the 2022-2023 school year. However, the USDA approved Virginia’s plan to issue a one-time summer P-EBT benefit to eligible school-aged children in summer 2023.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits to the following school-aged children beginning July 22, 2023 based on the eligibility determined by the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Children who attended a school that participated in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)* during school year 2022-2023
  • Children who were approved for free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-2023 school year or children who are determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals

*Virginia cannot issue summer 2023 P-EBT benefits to children who did not attend an NSLP-participating school at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Households will receive $120 for each eligible school-aged child. VDSS will share more information about the issuance schedule in the coming weeks. Continue to visit this webpage and the P-EBT FAQ page for the latest and most accurate information.

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