2021-2022 P-EBT Program

2021-2022 P-EBT Program
Posted on 03/21/2022
The Wisconsin School Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (School P-EBT) program provides food benefits to the families of children who do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at their school because they learned from home or were absent due to a COVID-related reason. This year, School P-EBT will operate under new eligibility guidelines, and benefits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis to families whose children and school meet certain conditions. Families may receive $7.10 for each day that an eligible child learned from home or was absent due to a COVID-related reason.

To be considered for School P-EBT benefits, it is important that your child first be approved to receive free or reduced-price meals through school that your child(ren) attend. While many schools are providing free meals to all students during the pandemic, this does NOT mean all students will automatically qualify for School P-EBT.

School P-EBT relies on a child actually being enrolled to receive free or reduced-price meals. Eligibility for School P-EBT benefits begins on the date a child is approved to receive free or reduced-price meals by the Appleton Area School District or through your family’s participation in other assistance programs (such as FoodShare).

This year, a student cannot receive benefits for any time before they were approved to receive free or reduced-price meals. Unlike last school year, School P-EBT benefits are not retroactive to the beginning of the school year. 

Benefits will begin to be issued in early March 2022 to cover the months of August, September, and October 2021. Below is the full schedule of benefit issuance for the 2021-2022 school year, subject to changes.

Benefit Months*  Benefits Issued 
August, September, October 2021
early March
November, December 2021
early April
January, February 2022
mid May
March, April 2022
mid June
May, June 2022
late July
* *Each issuance after the first one could also include benefits from previous months of the school year as DHS continues to receive new information about eligible students in each school district.

To avoid delays in your child getting School P-EBT benefits if they are eligible:
Submit a free or reduced-price meal application to the Appleton Area School District if you haven’t already.
Be sure we have your correct mailing address on file. 
If you received School P-EBT during the 2020-2021 school year, be sure to keep your card because benefits for the 2021-2022 school year will be loaded onto that card.

Each time that your child is eligible for benefits, your family will likely receive a letter in the mail. These letters will indicate how much each child is receiving at that time for each month. Families eligible to get benefits who have an active QUEST card or P-EBT card from last year will have their benefits added onto that card. Families eligible to get benefits who do not have an active QUEST card or P-EBT card from last year will get a new P-EBT card in the mail with the benefits already loaded onto it.

For more information about P-EBT eligibility, when benefits will be available, and how benefits are provided, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-pebt.htm or sign up for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services P-EBT email list.