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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Assistance for Children

2021-2022 School Year


P-EBT Benefit for the 2021-2022 School Year

Congress authorized P-EBT for children during the 2021-2022 school year. The commonwealth is in the process of implementing the state plan and make the benefits available to qualifying households.


Are all students eligible the 2021-2022 P-EBT Benefit?

No. Only eligible students will receive the benefit based on the number of days they were absent from the classroom due to COVID-19. Only days the school was notified that a student was absent due to COVID-19 (illness, exposure, or quarantining) were eligible for the P-EBT.  These absences were reported to the Department of Education and shared with the Department of Human Services for benefit processing.


Eligibility Notification and P-EBT Card Distribution

Around the same time that an eligible student will receive the benefit, they will receive information in the form of a flyer from DHS. The envelope for this flyer is coming from Pennsylvania.


Beginning in mid to late June, eligible students will receive P-EBT benefits in several stages:

  • the first stage will provide benefits for eligible students for the months of September 2021 through November 2021, 
  • the second stage will provide benefits for eligible students for the months of December 2021-February 2022, 
  • the third stage will provide benefits for eligible students for the months of March through May 2022, and 
  • the final stage will provide benefits for eligible students for the months of June through August of 2022.  
  • Remember, the amount of benefits received for each child for each stage will vary based on the individual student's circumstances.


For households that received P-EBT previously, the benefit will be issued on your existing EBT or P-EBT card, if possible. If you have not received P-EBT previously the card will come in your child's name, so keep an eye out for a plain envelope addressed to your household. The return address on the card's envelope will be from Texas. Each child will receive their own card. Once you have used the Stage 1 benefits on the card, keep the card available because it will be re-used for additional benefits for which your child qualifies.


P-EBT Inquires

  1. Submit a P-EBT Inquiry Form through the Department of Human Services (DHS). Please fill out as much information as possible on the form as this will help to research your issue and try to resolve it.
  2. If using a mobile device, go to select "What We Offer" from the drop-down menu. Select the "2021-2022 Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer" option on the lower right side.
  3. If families or househoulds would prefer to call, the P-EBT Hotline Number is 1-877-343-0179. Have the following information on hand when you call:
    • Names of your child(ren)
    • Child(ren) date(s) of birth
    • School or school district they attend
    • Contact phone number
    • Contact email address
    • Current mailing address
    • A brief description of the issue
    • The specific days when your child was out of school due to COVID-19
Click on the line below to take you directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services      P-EBT website.