Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Assistance Program

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For details on the P-EBT program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions on the Virginia P-EBT website

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food purchasing assistance program, being implemented by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), provides extra benefits for food assistance to families, through electronic transfers. APS families whose children are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program can receive this P-EBT benefit for temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed.

Families that are already eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals do not need to fill out additional forms as they will receive the funds automatically. download a flier about P-EBTEspañol

Families that are not currently receiving free and reduced-price meals can apply now by visiting Printed applications will be available at the APS meal distribution sites, and families can call 703-228-6130 to request one by mail.

APS encourages families whose needs have changed due to the pandemic to enroll now, so that all families who are eligible can receive the P-EBT food assistance benefits. VDOE and VDSS ultimately approve eligibility and issue the benefit.

Families are not required to be current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to qualify for P-EBT benefits.

Families receiving the P-EBT benefit who are also currently receiving SNAP benefits will have funds loaded onto their EBT cards within the next two weeks. Families who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail in the next 4-6 weeks.

P-EBT does not replace other food assistance services. Students and families who receive P-EBT should also continue to participate in other food assistance programs available through APS, such as APS grab-and-go meal distribution available at nine locations.


Review the Frequently Asked Questions on the Virginia P-EBT website to learn more about the benefits. APS families can also contact the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-228-6130.