Is My Child Eligible For P-EBT Benefits?

​To be eligible for P-EBT benefits children must meet both levels of criteria:

1.The child must be enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program  (NSLP)  AND They must be eligible for Free or Reduced Priced Meals or attend a school that participates in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). 

2. The child must have also had a COVID-19 related absence preventing access to school meals.

Approved COVID- 19 related absences are as follows:  

  • School or individual class closures mandated by schools, local boards of education or the state of West Virginia
  • Quarantine required by local Health Departments for positive tests or exposures of student, family members, or others the student may have come in contact
  • Individual student quarantine requirements from Health Departments or the child’s school
  • Absences related to waiting for COVID-19 testing results
  • Guardian self-initiated absence (these absences must be approved by the county school system)

    • Can be based on concern for COVID-19, at home COVID-19 testing results, etc.
    • ​The guardian is responsible for reporting these absences to individual schools to receive P-EBT for these days

     

The daily P-EBT 3.0 benefit amount is $7.10 for each student who is unable to access school meals due to school closures or a student’s inability to attend due to COVID-19.

 

Example: George is out of school 5 days during the month of September due to a positive COVID-19 test. These are his only COVID-19 related absences during the specified benefit period.  George’s P-EBT benefit is $21.30.


  1. Virtual students who attend schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible for the maximum P-EBT benefit of $127.80 per month. 
  2. Eligible days are defined as Monday - Friday when in-person learning was unavailable due to COVID-19.​
  3. Benefits are not calculated on weekends, holidays, non-instructional school closures, or any day the student is receiving instructions in-person.
  4. Determination for a student's benefit level is made using the enrollment data on file with the local county  board of education of school.

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Example: George is out of school 5 days during the month of September due to a positive COVID-19 test.  These are his only COVID-19 related absences during the specified benefit period.  George’s will receive his benefit of $21.30 in April of 2022.