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Pandemic EBT

Important Notice

We are aware of scam and phishing attempts surrounding EBT and P-EBT cards. Protect yourself and your family by never providing personal information to an unknown or unsolicited source. If you are an SNAP or P-EBT recipient, please know that you will never be contacted via cell phone or asked to provide your PIN. Contact the Virginia EBT Client Customer Service Helpdesk at 1-866-281-2448 to report a stolen or compromised card.

P-EBT for SNAP-Recipient Households with Children Under 6

November 22, 2022 - VDSS has released P-EBT benefits to eligible SNAP households that include child(ren) who were under the age of 6 as of September 1, 2021, were not enrolled in school and did not receive school-aged P-EBT benefits during the 2021-2022 school year. Eligibility was based upon a households' SNAP status between September 2021 and June 2022. For eligible households with active SNAP cases, the benefits loaded were loaded to their existing EBT cards. Eligible households who no longer have an active SNAP case can expect to receive a new EBT card via the mail by the end of December 2022.

The benefit amounts are as follows:

  • $32.91 for each month of SNAP eligibility per each eligible child for the months of September - December 2021
  • $28.93 for each month of SNAP eligibility per each eligible child for the months of January - June 2022

Note: These benefits are designated for SNAP households only. Households with children that previously received P-EBT benefits from September 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, are not eligible for this benefit.

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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