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Posted on 05/13/2020
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Tranfer for NCPS students

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits for NCPS students

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. James Lane, recently provided information about the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits for certain households under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA). Under this act, students in Northumberland County Public Schools are eligible to receive benefits per household.

This means that Virginia will provide P-EBT benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Students previously determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals and all students enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) participating schools are eligible to receive P-EBT.

The purpose of the P-EBT benefit is to supplement existing nutrition programs for low-income households during the pandemic. It does not replace meals provided through the school programs during unexpected closures. The P-EBT benefits are calculated at the rate of $5.70 per day per child for the 66 days Virginia’s schools will be closed. The VDSS will issue P-EBT cards to eligible households with a total benefit of $376 per eligible student. Benefits will be provided for eligible enrolled students only and not for other children in the household. 

Northumberland was required to submit a file containing the following information for each enrolled student: Last Name of Student, First Name of Student, Date of Birth of Student, Parent/Guardian Last Name (primary custodian with whom the student lives), Parent/Guardian First Name, Mailing Address (Street or PO Box), City, State, and Zip Code.  The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will mail P-EBT cards directly to households using the mailing address provided. Undeliverable cards will be returned to VDSS and they will work with local school divisions to contact families and update mailing address information. If you do not receive your P-EBT card by mid-June and you have not been contacted, call (804) 726-7000.

Please note: The P-EBT cards are an additional benefit and not a replacement for the school meal programs. The P-EBT cards will only provide for the days schools were closed, and not weekends, and only for enrolled students, and not any other household children. The P-EBT cards will take several weeks to arrive to eligible households and will occur in phases.

 Links to Documents:

Media Release-May 2020-Participation In Pandemic-EBT For Eligible Households

Frequently Asked Questions about Pandemic-EBT For Households and Recipients