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:
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.