NewsLocal News


If your child gets free or reduced lunch, you qualify for Pandemic EBT benefits

Posted at 11:42 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 11:42:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Pandemic EBT benefits will be provided to families of school-age children who no longer have access to free or reduced-price school meals due to public school closures.

Virginia is one of 20 states approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services to implement the Pandemic EBT program, which provides temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed.

Eligible Virginia households include students who receive free or reduced-price school meals, as well as students enrolled in schools that provide free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) announced eligible families Households will receive $5.70 per eligible student, per day, up to a maximum of 66 days of school closure.

That equals a total of $376 per eligible student.

Eligible households that are currently receiving SNAP benefits can expect to have P-EBT benefits added to their EBT card within the next two weeks.

Families are not required to be current SNAP participants or complete an application to qualify for P-EBT benefits. P-EBT cards will be mailed to households that do not receive SNAP benefits within the next four to six weeks.

Families are encouraged to click here for more information about the P-EBT program and answers to frequently asked questions.