Student Expungement Messaging:

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 issued 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.


Announcing the Conclusion of 2020-21 Student Benefit Issuance

All West Virginia student benefits for the 2020-21 school year and Summer 2021 have been issued. Thank you for your patience while this new and expanded benefit reached approximately 223,000 West Virginia students last school year and summer!

What’s Next for P-EBT?

States are required to formulate and submit plans for SY 2021-22 and Summer 2022 and must receive approval from USDA prior to any new benefits being issued accordingly.

Once states have approved plans, they begin working towards their approved timeline of issuing benefits. At this time, West Virginia does not have authority to issue any payments to any eligible student for the 2021-22 school year.

When West Virginia does have the authority to issue new benefits, a public outreach campaign will take place educating the public and eligible households about what to expect.

Please keep and do not throw away your P-EBT card(s) from last school year.

Please stay tuned to this web site for more information and announcements.

To explore what other public benefits your household may be eligible for – we encourage you to contact your local DHHR Field Office or call 2-1-1 for information and referral services.

Thank you for your interest in WV P-EBT.

Unfortunately, once again, not all children in West Virginia will qualify for P-EBT. These rules are determined by Congress and the USDA.

P-EBT for the 2021-22 school year will follow these federal eligibility rules:

  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.

Please note: All West Virginia public schools are providing meals without cost or application this school year due to special emergency waivers from USDA.

This does not mean all students will qualify for P-EBT.

Additionally, whether or not a student qualifies for P-EBT, you may still access the meals being provided by your schools.

Who qualifies for P-EBT?

P-EBT eligibility is connected to participation in the National School Lunch Program, free or reduced-price school meal status, and the days a student was remotely or virtually attending school.

Congress connected P-EBT with schools that are participating in the National School Lunch Program. All public schools in West Virginia participate in NSLP – as well as select private schools.

Most public schools in West Virginia are located in an area of high need, and therefore, they participate in another program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP is applicable to public school districts only and does not apply to private schools. Please click here for more information.

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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, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de no discriminación del USDA

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:
De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.
Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: How to File a Complaint. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

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

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.