Pandemic-EBT Temporary Food Benefits

Pandemic-EBT Temporary Food Benefits
Posted on 04/12/2021

Wisconsin is issuing temporary food benefits, called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT, through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) for the school year 2020-21. The P-EBT program provides food assistance for students that would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, but were unable to receive these meals at school because the school was closed, operating virtually, or was operating with reduced attendance hours.

Families with specific questions or concerns based on a P-EBT notification letter they received should email PEBTSupport@wisconsin.gov with a detailed description of their issue. Since this benefit is through DHS and not the AASD, we unfortunately cannot assist families with this process. If families have additional questions, call the P-EBT support line at 833-431-2224, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
 
This school year, AASD has been providing meals to all students for free under the Child Nutrition Program waivers and flexibilities offered by the USDA, regardless of if the school was operating virtually, in-person, or a hybrid of the two. Therefore, qualifying for P-EBT benefits is not dependent on whether meal service is/was offered or not.
 
P-EBT eligibility for the 2020-21 school year is based on the following criteria:

  • The student attends a school that would normally operate the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, (find a list here) and
  • Student attended school either virtually, a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning, or in-person learning with reduced attendance hours, and
  • The student is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or is enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 school.

Please note: AASD approval of a free and reduced meal application for a child does not mean that child will automatically receive P-EBT funds. There are additional eligibility requirements, and families may need to submit a separate online simplified application to receive P-EBT benefits. Ensuring students are approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits at the school/district level is the necessary first step in establishing P-EBT eligibility. 

The P-EBT issuance to eligible families began on the weekend of March 27, 2021 with the distribution of benefits for the months of August through November 2020. Eligible families that currently receive FoodShare benefits should have their P-EBT automatically deposited onto their existing Quest cards. Other eligible families that do not receive FoodShare and whose information was available at the state-level should have been mailed a new P-EBT card which could take 7-10 days to be received via postal service. Eligible families that do not receive a P-EBT notification letter automatically will need to complete an online P-EBT application which will be available April 12, 2021 on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) P-EBT webpage.

Families that have received a P-EBT notification letter, even if that letter indicates they received $0.00 in P-EBT benefits, should not complete an online P-EBT application.

Families with specific questions or concerns based on a P-EBT notification letter they received should email PEBTSupport@wisconsin.gov with a detailed description of their issue. Since this benefit is through DHS and not the AASD, we unfortunately cannot assist families with this process. If families have additional questions, call the P-EBT support line at 833-431-2224, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

P-EBT Family Letters

P-EBT FAQs.pdf