School Pandemic EBT 2021-2022: Food Benefits for Students

2020-2021 School P-EBT: Wisconsin is no longer accepting questions about P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. The P-EBT Support Team is working with those families who had benefit questions and contacted the team before October 9, 2021, which was the closing date for questions about last school year. 

Food Benefits for Students whose Learning is Affected by COVID-19

School Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a program that provides benefits for families to buy food if their children do not get free or reduced price meals at their schools because they are home for COVID-19 related reasons. The first benefits for the 2021-2022 school year will be provided in March 2022 after we gather information from schools.  


Your child is eligible to receive School P-EBT benefits if they qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program at their school. Their school must also have been closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days due to the COVID-19 emergency during the current school year.

Eligible students will receive benefits for each day their school reports that they learned from home or were absent for a COVID-19-related reason during the 2021-2022 school year.

Benefits have no effect on immigration status, and children are still eligible even if they have had access to “grab and go” meals offered by their schools.

School P-EBT is not a replacement for other food assistance. If your family does not already receive FoodShare benefits, please visit the ACCESS website to check your eligibility and apply. To find other food resources in your community, call 211.

Is your child part of the free or reduced price meal program at their school?

To be eligible for School P-EBT, your child’s qualification for free or reduced price meals must be on record with their school district and the state, and their school must participate in the USDA’s National School Lunch Program.

  • Your child is potentially eligible for School P-EBT benefits starting the date they were determined to be eligible for free or reduced price meals by their school.
    • If your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision school where all meals are provided for free, you do not need to apply for free or reduced price meals.
    • Applications for free or reduced price meals are submitted through your child’s school. Please contact your child’s school for an application if they are not already enrolled.
  • Note: Most students have access to free school meals this school year. This does NOT mean all students qualify for School P-EBT. School P-EBT relies on a student being eligible for free and reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program, not their ability to get free meals from the school.
  • To check if your child’s school participates in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, check this list of participating schools (PDF). If your child’s school is not on the list, please contact the school with questions.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Wisconsin's plan for School P-EBT for the 2021-2022 school year. We are now working with schools to collect the information needed to send out benefits. Families do not need to take any action at this time.

The USDA has told us they are not reviewing Pre-6 P-EBT plans at this time. Updated information will be shared on that program when it is available.


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Benefits are calculated based on the number of days that a child did not have access to meals at school because they learned from home or they were absent because of COVID-19. $7.10 will be provided for each of these days. 

  • If your family has an active QUEST card, benefits will be added to that card.
  • If your family does not have an active QUEST card, you will get a P-EBT card in the mail with the benefits loaded on it. Once you receive it, please follow the instructions on the back of the card to activate it. Once activated, it can be used like a debit card to buy food. If you have any questions, please call QUEST Card Service at 877-415-5164.

See a more detailed list of items you can and cannot buy with these benefits.

To check the balance on your card, go to the ebtEDGE website or use the ebtEDGE mobile app. If you lose your card, call QUEST Card Service at 877-415-5164.

School P-EBT benefits must be used within one year of the date they are put on the card. They can be used in any store that accepts FoodShare, like major grocery chains and convenience stores. You can use the benefits to buy food, including:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Snack foods

Please remember that you cannot give your card to someone else. It is illegal to sell, trade, or give your School P-EBT benefits to another person.


School P-EBT benefits will be provided to families every five weeks, beginning in early March, based on the information provided by schools. Below is a basic timeline. Specific dates will be added as they are confirmed.

Benefit Months Benefits Issued
August, September, October Early March
November, December Early April
January, February Mid-May
March, April Mid-June
May, June Late-July


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