Last item for navigation

P-EBT information, photo of student holding strawberry

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a federal program that was created in the spring of 2020 to supplement existing nutrition programs for low-income households while schools were closed due to COVID-19.

Who will receive a P-EBT?

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P-EBT is available this summer to all children who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of learning method (fully virtual, hybrid or in-person). This includes all children who received P-EBT benefits during the previous school year, as well as newly qualifying students. 

Students enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, qualify for free or reduced meals, and are virtual or hybrid. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) has a division-wide Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This means all RCPS students who attend an RCPS school or virtual academy are eligible for free meals and will receive P-EBT benefits.

How much will each family receive?

Summer 2021 P-EBT benefits will be issued as a one-time, lump-sum benefit of $375.

How will each family receive their P-EBT?

For a family that has received an EBT card in the past three years, the benefit will automatically be deposited to the existing card.

If you have not received an EBT card in the past three years, a new card mailed to you.

For households that have lost or discarded the previous P-EBT card, contact ConnectEBT at (866) 281-2448.

How does this process work?

As a division-wide Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) recipient, RCPS is required to submit a student list to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The VDOE then sends information to the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), which then distributes the benefits. All P-EBT cards will be in the guardian’s name and will expire in one year. If you do not wish to utilize the benefit, you do not have to use the card. 

When will you receive the benefits?

RCPS does not control the distribution of the P-EBT; however, the schedule below is provided for your convenience:

- May 2021 benefits: Distributed the end of June.
- June 2021 benefits: Distributed the end of July.
- Summer 2021 benefits: Distributed the end of August.


What if I have not received the benefit?

If you are concerned RCPS did not have your student's correct information or you would like to verify the information that RCPS has on file, you may do so in ParentVUE. If the information needs to be updated, please contact your child's school. 

If all information is correct in ParentVUE, DSS will have to be contacted to determine if funds have been loaded or what the delay might be. 

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services about the P-EBT program.

Questions or concerns about the P-EBT program should be directed to VDSS at:  (866) 513-1414 or (804) 294-1633 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may also contact VDSS through the online P-EBT inquiry form

For households that have lost or discarded the previous P-EBT card, contact ConnectEBT at (866) 281-2448.

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502