A New Pennsylvania Portal Allows Parents to Check Status of Benefits

The new P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) portal released by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) allows parents to check their child’s eligibility for benefits based on information schools have submitted for the 2021-2022 school year. School children who receive free or reduced-price meals are potentially eligible. The P-EBT program will help families cover the cost of breakfasts and lunches their children would have been eligible to receive for free or at a reduced price through the National School Lunch Program. Through the portal, families can request replacement cards and check the status of benefits. Eligible students will receive distributions in stages. The benefit amount for each eligible student for each stage will vary based on the individual student’s circumstances. The maximum daily rate for P-EBT during the 2021-22 school year is $7.10. To get answers to questions on the program, consumers can access the Online P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions DHS P-EBT Guide, submit a DHS P-EBT Inquiry Form, enroll in P-EBT Parent Portal or call the P-EBT Hotline at 484-363-2137.