• Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Information


    • The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (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. These benefits were issued in late Spring/Summer of 2020.  Subsequently, Congress authorized a second issuance of P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year.  This second issuance will provide the equivalent monetary amount for the school breakfast, lunch, and snack to families of students who are enrolled in schools participating in the NSLP but are not attending in person to COVID-19.


    • Who is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits?
      • P-EBT benefits are only available to students who are:
      • Eligible for free and reduced school meals of attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school;
      • Enrolled in a school which participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); and
      • For school days the eligible student(s) is not receiving in-person instruction (school closures, virtual/remote instruction, absences, quarantine, etc.) 
    • Who is not eligible to receive P-EBT benefits?
      • Children are not eligible to receive P-EBT benefits if they:
        • Attend in person on all school days;
        • Are home schooled;
        • Attend cyber charter school (this does not include virtual/remote learning under the operational control of the school board);
        • Attend a school in another state (i.e., NY,NJ,MD,OH); or
        • Attend a school that does not participate in National School Lunch Program (NSLP).


    • Benefits will be issued in three separate stages:
      • Benefits for September -November 2020: Issued late Spring 2021;
      • Benefits for December 2020 -February 2021: Issued in 2nd and 3rd week of June 2021;
      • Benefits for March -May 2021: Issued in 3rd and 4th week of July 2021.
    • 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 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 2019-20 P-EBT issuance.
    • Each student will receive a card. For example:  a family with 3 eligible students will receive 3 separate cards.
    • Cards will be mailed in the student’s name to the address provided for the primary parent/guardian. This mailing will be coming from Texas in a non-descript white envelope.
    • Each eligible student will be mailed a letter detailing P-EBT. This letter is a separate mailing from the card.  The letter will be mailed in the student’s name to the address provided for the primary parent /guardian.
    • The letter will explain:
      • What the P-EBT card is;
      • Where and how to use the card;
      • How to create a PIN for the card;
      • What items are eligible for purchase with the card; and
      • Who to contact with questions. 


    • If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) Pandemic P-EBT Help Line at (484) 363-2137; or visit the website:


    Per Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) guidelines, this is the ONLY office that can provide any assistance.

    • Do not contact the Business Office or other District Offices. Per PDE Directive, the District will NOT be able to provide any assistance.
    • Do not contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Per PDE directive, PDE offices will NOT be able to provide any assistance.
    • Do not direct parents/families or the public to the Dauphin County Assistance Office. Per PDE Directive, the Dauphin County Assistance Office will NOT be able to provide any assistance. 


Last Modified on April 28, 2021