All P-EBT Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year and Summer 2021 have been issued.  
Please keep your P-EBT​(s) in a safe location after funds have been used, DO NOT THROW AWAY!

P-EBT Benefits  for 2021-2022 School Year

At this time, West Virginia has NOT been approved for any additional P-EBT benefits for the 2021/2022 school year.  Be sure to follow DHHR social media for any additional information or announcements.  Please disregard any text messages claiming benefits have been added to your child's​ P-EBT cards. 


P-EBT Expungement

​​Please be aware that after 274 days of issuance all West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) benefit programs expunge, including Pandemic EBT (PEBT). Expungement is the process of returning any unused benefits to the federal government. Once expungement occurs the benefit is no longer available for use. The issuance date is the date DHHR initially places the benefit on​ the PEBT card.

​​​The first PEBT issuance date for the 2020-2021 school year occurred on March 20, 2021. Benefits issu​ed in March 2021 will expunge on December 19, 2021 (274 days after issuance by DHHR). On this date, ​ONLY benefits issued on March 20, 2021, will be removed.
​​​The same process will be followed for all months following: April 2021 benefits will be removed in January 2022, May 2021 benefits will be removed in February 2022, and so on.

​​​If you have any questions concerning the expungement of benefits, please contact DHHR Customer Service at 1-877-716-1212. To check your PEBT balance, please call 1-866-545-6502. You will need to enter your 16-digit card number and PIN. You may also hear transactions by contacting this number.


The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program provides financial benefits to West Virginia students who currently receive free or reduced-price school meals.

P-EBT for the school year 2020-21 has the following guidelines:
  1.Students must be enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program.
  2.Students must qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school where everyone eats school meals for free due to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
  3.Students cannot receive benefits for days they are in-person at school. Only remote or virtual school days can be used when calculating benefit levels.
For more information about 2020-21 P-EBT Benefits, please visit https://wvde.us/wv-pebt/ or call the P-EBT hotline at 304-756-KID1(5431).


How Do I Activate My New P-EBT Card?

If your child is eligible for the 2020-2021 school year, you will receive a new EBT card in the mail. It will not have any WV DHHR information on the envelope. 
​Watch your mail for a white, window envelope with a Sioux Falls, SD return address.

Call the number on the back of the card – (866) 545-6502

Follow the prompts

  • Enter the 16-digit number on the front of the card
  • Enter the date of birth for the cardholder’s name
  • IMPORTANT: Date of birth must be in the following format MM/DD/YY
  • Enter the case number that was provided to the cardholder in a separate letter
  • Select a four-digit PIN

You will hear a confirmation that the card has been activated.

​DO NOT DISCARD P-EBT CARD - Please be sure to keep P-EBT card in a safe location even after funds have been used. ​