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Pandemic EBT


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School-Year P-EBT is Ending

The ending of the federal Public Health Emergency will bring about the final issuance of P-EBT benefits:

  • P-EBT for School Year 2022-2023: VDSS began distributing backdated P-EBT benefits in March for the 2022-2023 school year to eligible SNAP households with a child under 6 years of age. The last payment for these SNAP households will be loaded onto their EBT accounts in June 2023. P-EBT benefits will not be issued to K-12 school-aged children for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Summer 2023 P-EBT: Eligible school-aged children will receive a single summer benefit in late summer 2023. Due to the ending of the Public Health Emergency in May 2023, SNAP households with children under 6 are not eligible to receive summer P-EBT benefits.

More information about the final P-EBT benefits issuance and schedule can be found on our eligibility and FAQ pages. Please continue to visit this webpage for the latest and most accurate information.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (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. To be eligible for P-EBT benefits, students must qualify for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program and meet certain conditions as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Households that do not meet eligibility requirements for the P-EBT program are encouraged to call 2-1-1 Virginia or visit the 211 website for information on local resources available in their area.

If you believe there are students in your household who met all of the P-EBT requirements and you have not received P-EBT benefits or you have questions regarding previous issuances of benefits, please contact the P-EBT Call Center from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 866-513-1414 or 804-294-1633 or use the P-EBT Online Inquiry Form. Please do not contact your child's school or local department of social services with P-EBT questions.

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