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Virginia DSS to distribute Pandemic EBT benefits

12 May 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will be providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to families of school-aged children who no longer have access to free or reduced meals due to closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to VDSS, Virginia is one of 20 states approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services to provide temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed. 

Eligible Virginia households include students who receive free or reduced-price school meals, as well as students enrolled in schools that provide free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision.

Families are not required to be current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants or complete an application to qualify for the additional benefits.

Households will receive $5.70 per eligible student, per day, up to a maximum of 66 days of school closure. If your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits and you are eligible for P-EBT, it will be added to your EBT card in the next two weeks. If your family is not receiving SNAP, you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in the next four to six weeks. If you are the parent or guardian of multiple eligible students living in the same household at the same address, you may receive one P-EBT card with benefits for all eligible students.

Visit this page for additional information about the benefit program.

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