The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) began releasing additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to eligible households Wednesday as part of a second distribution approved by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.  

Eligible households include students who are learning virtually for at least five consecutive days and qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school or are enrolled in schools that provide free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. 

Families are not required to be current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants or complete an application to qualify. 

P-EBT benefit amounts will vary and are calculated at the rate of $5.86 per day, per child for each day the school operated under a 100% virtual model from the start of the 2020-21 school year to today. 

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