Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

The Iowa Department of Education (the Department) and the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) submitted three separate and distinct plans to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for P-EBT participation for school year 21-22.  The P-EBT plans were not approved for the state of Iowa. Additionally, the Iowa Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation expired on February 15, 2022, effectively ending all pandemic-related benefits in the state of Iowa. Due to these circumstances, Iowa will not be facilitating or distributing any P-EBT benefits for the 21-22 school year for either school-age children or children under age six. 

According to the USDA, “P-EBT program rules and the process of plan review and approval have not changed, the conditions on the ground have changed since last school year. More schools will return to full-time in-person learning during SY [school year] 2021-2022. These changes will impact the administration of P-EBT during SY 2021-2022 and the USDA anticipates fewer children will be eligible for P-EBT benefits during SY 2021-2022.”  

Iowa does not have exceptions or a reconsideration process for the 21-22 P-EBT benefits for any children. 

For P-EBT benefits that were released between May and September of 2021, parents or guardians may request a replacement card from the P-EBT Customer Service Center at 1-800-359-5802. The P-EBT Call Center cannot facilitate any other requests concerning P-EBT.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Will there be any benefits added onto the P-EBT cards or new cards distributed for school year 21-22?

No, P-EBT benefits will not be issued to any students in the state of Iowa for the 21-22 school year (September through May) .

Q: Why is P-EBT different from last year?

According to the USDA, “More schools will return to full-time in-person learning during SY 2021-2022. These changes will impact the administration of P-EBT during SY 2021-2022 and the USDA anticipates fewer children will be eligible for P-EBT benefits during SY 2021-2022.”  

Q: My student attended a virtual academy for the 21-22 school year, shouldn’t they receive P-EBT benefits?

The USDA guidance excluded all virtual academy students from receiving P-EBT benefits, regardless of the state plan approval.

Q: Is there an exception process for P-EBT funds?

Iowa does not have exceptions or a reconsideration process for the 21-22 P-EBT benefits for any students. 

Q: I lost my P-EBT card from the 20-21 school year. How do I get a replacement card?

Please call the P-EBT Customer Service Center at 1-800-359-5802.