P-EBT Update for the 2021-22 School Year
September 24, 2021 - 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).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.
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.
Households that do not meet eligibility requirements for the P-EBT program are encouraged to call 2-1-1 Virginia or visit COVID.Virginia.gov/app to download the COVID-19 Virginia Resources mobile app for streamlined access to critical and actionable resources from 2-1-1 Virginia, CommonHelp, and other state and federal agencies.
Questions regarding current or previous issuances of 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.