Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), will help families cover the cost of breakfasts and lunches their children would have been eligible to receive for free or at reduced price through the National School Lunch Program. the P-EBT program was re-authorized last year to cover the entire 2020-21 school year. A new P-EBT has been approved for Pennsylvania by the USDA FNS.
Pennsylvania’s EBT Vendor’s system automatically removes benefits from cards after 180 days of inactivity. This means that Stage 1 benefits for the 2020-2021 school year have begun being removed from cards. DHS will be reissuing these benefits automatically at the end of November or early in December back onto the cards. Parents do NOT need to report this issue to have the benefits reloaded onto their cards. DHS will complete the same process for any Stage 2, Stage 3, or Summer P-EBT benefits that are removed from cards when they have reached 180 days of non-use.