Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

  • **Sept. 29, 2023**

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) will leave the family P-EBT support center open for family P-EBT inquiries only through November 2023.

    If any family has questions about their child’s P-EBT benefits for any year, they must contact the DHS family support center as soon as possible (contact information can be found at the bottom of this webpage).

    The  DHS Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) website is the main resource for families.

    Students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through the NSLP and attend a NSLP-sponsor school into May 2023 will receive a summer P-EBT stipend of $120. DHS currently estimates they will issue benefits in early August for eligible students identified in the first files submitted by schools; and late September for students identified in the second school files.  DHS first attempts to issue P-EBT benefits on the state EBT cards of the student's family if they have one. If not, the benefit is issued to the student's last P-EBT card. If the benefits cannot be issued to a previously issued EBT or P-EBT card, a new P-EBT card will be mailed to the student at the address reported by the school.  Students are not eligible for P-EBT through Pennsylvania if any of the following are true: they are paid meal status; are home schooled; attend cyber school; attend school in another state.

    Virtual Students 

    Virtual students who are part of a school's enrollment should be reported. They should be reported as "Paid" meal eligibility if they are enrolled in a program that is not part of the school's NSLP agreement, and therefore ineligible for P­EBT. Example: students who attend a district's virtual academy. CEP schools should mark students in non-NSLP virtual programs as "Paid" eligibility and "No" in the CEP column. 

    Assisting Families