The federal government recently sent information to states about how to design and run a Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer P-EBT) program this summer. This program would provide benefits to families of eligible school-age children and eligible non-school-age children (those who were under age 6 as of 9/1/2021) to help cover the cost of meals between the current school year (2021-2022) and the next school year (2022-2023).
DHS is now making plans for issuing these Summer P-EBT benefits. More details will become available once our plan is approved by the federal government.
Some of those who will be eligible for these benefits include children who were enrolled to receive free or reduced price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program during this current school year (2021-2022). Benefits may also be available for children who become newly enrolled to receive free or reduced price meals at school in the next school year (2022-2023). These children will be considered for Summer P-EBT benefits as long as an application for free or reduced price meals (sometimes referred to as a school meal application) is received by the child’s school on or before September 1, 2022. As such, please remember to submit a free or reduced price meal application with your child’s school by September 1, 2022 to be sure your child meets this piece of eligibility criteria for Summer P-EBT.
If you currently have a P-EBT card, please keep it because Summer P-EBT benefits will be loaded onto that card if your child/children are eligible.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the P-EBT Support Team at 1-833-431-2224 or [email protected].
Wisconsin Department of Health Services