Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

  • The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would receive free or reduced-priced meals if school was in session. The school must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in order for children to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals and the student must have attended the school as of March 13, 2020.

    Families that receive SNAP or TANF should have already had their benefits issued to their EBT card. If not, families should submit an inquiry at https://www.emergencymealsurvey.com/PA.

    All others, cards are in the process of being issued and mailed, but due to the very large volume, the timeline is slightly delayed.  Households should receive their cards by the end of July. 

    Families with other questions should go to the DHS website: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Pandemic-EBT.aspx