Virginia to provide temporary food benefits for families of school-age children without access to free or reduced-price meals during school closures
Posted on 05/13/2020

PWCS students approved for free or reduced-price meals prior to school closures will soon receive funds on a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Card. Households will receive $5.70 per eligible student, per day, up to a maximum of 66 days of school closure.

  • Families currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits who are eligible for P-EBT will have the benefits added to their EBT card in the next two weeks.
  • Families with students approved for free or reduced-price meals who do not receive SNAP will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in the next four-to-six weeks.

Households approved for free or reduced-price meals prior to school closures do not need to be current SNAP participants or complete an additional application to qualify for P-EBT benefits.

The Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education are working together to operate this program for families of school-age children, who would have received free or reduced-price school meals if schools were open. Virginia is one of 20 states approved to provide this temporary food assistance during public school closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Have questions? Visit this Virginia Department of Social Services P-EBT frequently asked questions page.