Pandemic EBT Benefits

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
2020-21 School Year
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is P-EBT?
The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as P-EBT, to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-priced meals  through the USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits?
 P-EBT benefits are only available to students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals and the  eligible student was/is not receiving in-person instruction. 

When will P-EBT benefits be issued to families?
Benefits will be available between Late May of 2021 -July 2021

**Children whose families already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits will receive the PEBT benefits on the household’s regular EBT card, if possible. Otherwise, students will receive a new P-EBT card in the eligible student’s name. **

How will the P-EBT cards be distributed?
Children whose families already receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the household’s regular EBT card, if possible. Parents can check card balances at www.connectebt.com or calling 1-888-328-7366.

P-EBT-eligible students who do not currently receive SNAP or TANF benefits 
will receive their benefits 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. 

Please make sure there is an updated mailing address on file  with the district for the card to be sent to.  DHS will pull student information from the district's current database.  An incorrect mailing address could delay benefits. 

What resources are available for families to learn more about P-EBT?
•  DHS’s website has an informational video for families and for additional information.
The website is: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/P-EBT-Guide.aspx.
• Additional resources can be found at Food Research and Action Center website: https://frac.org/pebtfaq
Just Harvest website: https://www.justharvest.org/faq-about-pandemic-ebt-in-pennsylvania/. 

** For further information please contact DHS at:  484- 363-2137
Please Note: The District does not make any determination on who receives a P-EBT card and how much is receive nor do we issue the cards. All questions related to the P-EBT card should be directed to DHS (Dept. of Human Services)


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