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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

2020-21 School Year


What is the 2020-21 P-EBT Benefit?

A second issuance of P-EBT (Pandemic - Electronic Benefit Transfer) was authorized by Congress for the 2020-2021 school year. This second issuance will provide the equivalent monetary amount for school breakfast, lunch, and snack to families of students who are enrolled in schools participating in the NSLP but are not attending in person due to COVID-19. For the issuance this school year, Pennsylvania will distribute benefits to about 928,000 children – for a total distribution of about $1 billion.


Are students that are home schooled or attend cyber charter school eligible?

No. These students are not considered enrolled in an NSLP-participating school.


How will families know if they are receiving a card, or what they should do when they receive a card?

Each eligible student will be mailed a letter detailing P-EBT. This letter is a separate mailing from the card. The letter will be mailed in the student’s name to the address provided for the primary parent/guardian. The letter will explain what the P-EBT card is, where and how to use the card, how to create a PIN for the card, what items are eligible for purchase with the card, and who to contact with questions.


How will the P-EBT cards be distributed?

Children whose families already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the household’s regular EBT card, if possible. Parents can check card balances at or calling 1-888-328-7366.


P-EBT eligible students who do not currently receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive a P-EBT card in the eligible student’s name.  The P-EBT benefits will be on a white card marked with “Pennsylvania” on the front. All students will receive a new card on their first issuance for the 2020-21 school year, even if they received a P-EBT card during the 2019-2020 P-EBT issuance. Each student will receive a card. For example: a family with 3 eligible students will receive 3 separate cards. Cards will be mailed in the student's name to the address provided for the primary parent/guardian. This mailing will be coming from Texas in a non-descript white envelope. Please be sure to check your mail carefully to ensure the envelope is not mistakenly thrown away.


When will P-EBT benefits be issued to families?

Benefits will be issued in three separate stages:

  • Benefits for September – November 2020: Issued late Spring 2021
  • Benefits for December 2020 – February 2021: Issued in second and third week of June 2021
  • Benefits for March – May 2021: Issued in third and fourth week of July 2021


P-EBT Inquires (Please do not make any inquires BEFORE June 1, 2021.)

Click on the line below to take you directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services      P-EBT website.