Updates regarding additional P-EBT in 2021 will be updated here. Please check back periodically.
4/1/21- We were informed of a mechanical breakdown that caused a delay in printing certain P-EBT cards. The VDSS is working with the vendor on a solution to make the cards available more quickly, but it could take an additional four weeks. Households will receive the cards as soon as possible. Benefits will be available when the new card is activated.
Additional information important to note is that VDSS is apparently issuing benefits in one or more of the following ways this month:
- added to a P-EBT card from 2020
- added to a regular EBT account (SNAP Participants who have had an account within the last two years)
- by US mail (delivered by end of March)
All NPS students in active, enrolled status on the dates that information was pulled from the student information system to prepare the files required by VDSS, are eligible to receive those rounds of P-EBT. If households do not receive P-EBT by end of March, they should contact VDSS and submit an inquiry. VDSS communicates with VDOE. If VDOE needs School Nutrition to verify or validate information, a response is generally sent within one business day. Unfortunately, P-EBT cards are not available to give directly to families.
Free meals are still available to all children ages eighteen and under from School Nutrition Grab-N-Go Sites.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Viriginia for a second round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) funds through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.
The Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education will release the P-EBT benefits by the end of September.
Most households will receive remote PEBT on the same account used for original PEBT and will not receive a new card. Households that are newly eligible for PEBT or could not be matched to the spring PEBT data are receiving new PEBT cards via the US mail. The new cards are being issued on a rolling basis and not all will be received in the mail this week. Additional cardstock was required and the target date for all households to receive the cards has been moved to November 13, 2020.