P-EBT Update

DHHR has advised that 2023 P-EBT benefits will be available on June 12, 2023. If the school reported any changes to your child’s address, name, guardian name, city, zip code, etc., your child should receive a replacement card between now and June 20, 2023.

Please call 866-845-6502 for questions or concerns related to P-EBT.

Final P-EBT Issuance

The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are pleased to announce the final P-EBT issuance under the federally-declared public health emergency.

Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits

The State of West Virginia will issue a final, one-time benefit to eligible students for the Summer 2023 period. Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • The student must have attended a West Virginia school that participates in the National School Lunch Program;
  • The Student must be enrolled in that school as of May 15, 2023 for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • The student must qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through one of the following:
    • Direct certification through an eligible public benefit (such as SNAP); or
    • Approved household income application; or
    • Attends a school that participates in the Community Eligibility Provision

Federal Changes for Summer 2023:

Based upon the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023

  • Households with children under the age of 6 that are not yet enrolled in school and reside in a household that receives SNAP are not eligible for the Summer 2023 benefit. This is in line with revised federal law and cannot be disputed.
  • The Summer PEBT benefit amount is $120/eligible child. This is a reduction from previous summer benefits. This amount is outlined in revised federal law and cannot be disputed.


Letters from DHHR should start to reach households ahead of benefits being made available on PEBT cards. These letters will begin to reach households the week of June 5, 2023.

Benefits will be available to use on Monday, June 12, 2023.

Benefits issued do have expungement dates – according to when they were issued. This means that any unused benefits on cards will be removed 274-days after issuance and released back to the US Treasury in accordance with federal rules. Summer 2023 benefits will expunge on March 12, 2024.

More Information

  • If you have a student that previously received PEBT and you still have their card, there are no further actions for you to take at this time. If your student is still enrolled in an eligible school as of May 15, 2023 and meets the criteria for free or reduced-price meals as outlined above, you should expect to receive the benefit when it becomes available.
  • If your student previously received a PEBT card but they are no longer eligible (either based on enrollment or free/reduced-price status) they will not receive the benefit when it becomes available.
  • If you believe your student is eligible but you no longer have their PEBT card, please call 1-866-545-6502 for assistance. Please note: They will only be able to speak to the primary guardian on file with the child’s school.
  • If your child is newly eligible for PEBT this year, you can expect to receive correspondence to the address on file with the student’s school. Please retain this letter. It will have important activation information you will need when your student’s card arrives in the mail later.
  • Most students will have a card previously issued to them from past issuances of PEBT. If your student is eligible for the Summer 2023 PEBT, and you have updated any changes in address and/or guardianship with your child’s school system, a new card will be issued to you by DHHR. Please keep your letter you will receive as it contains important card activation instructions.

Additional Resources

Additional resources in your community may be able to assist with a variety of needs – to include food and grocery support. Consider checking out one of the following resources. Note: These resources are not administered by the WVDE.

Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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Youth in Foster Care

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USDA FNS Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de no discriminación del USDA

De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA), esta institución tiene prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo (incluida la identidad de género y la orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia o represalia por actividad anterior de derechos civiles.

La información del programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas además del inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieran medios alternativos de comunicación para obtener información del programa (p. ej., Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas estadounidense), deben comunicarse con la agencia estatal o local responsable que administra el programa o el Centro TARGET del USDA al (202) 720- 2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con USDA a través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el Demandante debe completar el Formulario AD-3027, Formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del USDA, que se puede obtener en línea, desde cualquier oficina del USDA, llamando al (866) 632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida al USDA. La carta debe contener el nombre, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita de la supuesta acción discriminatoria del denunciante con suficiente detalle para informar al Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y la fecha de la supuesta violación de los derechos civiles. El formulario o carta AD-3027 completo debe enviarse al USDA antes de:

  1. correo:
    Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU.
    Oficina del Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles
    1400 Avenida Independencia, SW
    Washington, DC 20250-9410; o
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 o (202) 690-7442; o
  3. correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.