CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Education have received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture to issue P-EBT benefits to eligible children this summer.
School-age children are eligible if effective May 31, they were enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program in school year 2020-21 and qualified for free or reduced-price school meals. Children under the age of six are eligible if they are in a household that receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Benefits will be loaded onto existing P-EBT cards that were issued during the 2020-21 program year. The state will not use the Mountain State card for summer P-EBT.
The state will issue a one-time benefit of $375 per child to each eligible child. Benefits are scheduled to be released mid-July. West Virginia estimates that it will issue $83.4 million to roughly 222,395 school children and $13.3 million to about 35,463 SNAP-enrolled children during the 2021 summer period.
New students enrolling in schools this fall who were not students in school year 2020-21 are not eligible for this year’s summer P-EBT. Guidance on P-EBT for the upcoming school year has not yet been issued by the USDA, but these details will be shared publicly as soon as the information is available.