Updated P-EBT Information

First page of the PDF file: P-EBT_Program_Parent_Flyer-EN

The first issuances of P-EBT for SY 2022-2023 are starting today. About 91,000 students will receive P-EBT for September and about 63,000 will receive October. 


All household questions about P-EBT should be directed to VDSS at:

Contact the P-EBT Call Center from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday at (866) 513-1414 (toll-free) or 804-294-1633. 


Households with questions about how to activate their P-EBT cards, request replacement cards, or check their card balance should contact VDSS at the phone numbers above or contact ConnectEBT at:

Contact ConnectEBT

Call 1-866-281-2448, logon to https://www.connectebt.com/, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.  


The Virginia Department of Social Services in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education is launching P-EBT for School Year 2021-2022 in Virginia. This nutrition assistance program was extended to help school-aged children with no access or limited access to free or reduced priced meals at school due to the public health emergency. The benefits for this round of P-EBT are retroactive starting September 2021. The first issuance will begin on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

The eligibility requirements for School Year 2021-2022 benefits are in the chart below. Note: the school the student attends must first be deemed eligible before the student may become eligible. A significant decrease in P-EBT eligible students is anticipated.

A school is eligible for P-EBT if the following conditions are met:

A student is eligible for P-EBT benefits if the following conditions are met:

The school was closed or operating at reduced hours or reduced attendance for five (5) consecutive days in one month because of a COVID related issue,

The student attends a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and meets P-EBT school eligibility requirements,

AND the school participates in the National School Lunch Program

AND the student qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals or attends a CEP school,


AND the student was absent from school during the month because of a documented COVID-19 related issue.


The www.pebtva.com website has been updated with information specific to this year's P-EBT program. VDSS will provide updates specific to P-EBT that will assist families and community partners.

To download a flyer summarizing this information, click HERE.

To download a flyer summarizing this information in a variety of other languages, click HERE.