Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (or P-EBT) was developed by Congress and is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (or USDA). The federal government makes the rules for this program. This program gives students with free and reduced-price meal benefits through the National School Lunch Program (or NSLP) funding for meals they missed while being out of school during the pandemic. The money on these cards can be used for food only.
We first saw P-EBT in Pennsylvania in the spring of 2020. Once believed to be a short-term program, has now transformed into a longer-term federal response to the national public health crisis.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), will help families cover the cost of breakfasts and lunches their children would have been eligible to receive for free or at reduced price through the National School Lunch Program. the P-EBT program was re-authorized last year to cover the entire 2020-21 school year. A new P-EBT has been approved for Pennsylvania by the USDA FNS. oes my child qualify for P-EBT?
*How much will my child receive?
*What should I expect next if my child qualifes?
*How do I use the P-EBT benefits?
*What if I have not yet received my P-EBT or have an issue with my P-EBT?
*What if my household moved and didn't report it to the school or just moved recently?
For answers to the questions above, please visit PA Department of Human Services.
For questions regarding P-EBT, please contact PA Department of Human Services at:
*Phone: 1-484-363-2137 or
*Inquiry Form: P-EBT Inquiry Form