P-EBT update

P-EBT update

September 30 Update

– For questions about P-EBT for students newly enrolled in the district for the 2021-22 school year, there are currently no P-EBT payments for this school year. The payments issued in August were summer benefits for eligible students for the 2020-21 school year.

 – For questions regard P-EBT for children younger than school age please visit the DSS website or the DSS email box at PEBTBenefits@dss.sc.gov.

https://dss.sc.gov/;  https://dss.sc.gov/media/3000/pebt-childcare-faq_9-17-21.pdf

 

Only students approved for free or reduced meals by meal application or that attended a CEP school were eligible for P-EBT. All students were feed free due to the pandemic but that does not make them eligible for P-EBT. Students were paid based on the days they were coded as SC-VTP in PowerSchool for the 2020-21 school year. For parents with questions for the 2020-21 school year please provide the information below or check the DSS portal for the students if time allows.

– To check the status of 2020-21 payments here, https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/pebt/benefitinquiry. DSS will not make any further changes or payments for the 2020-21 school year.

– New card issued or an address changed please call 1-800-554-5268. If that does not work please email DSS at PEBTBenefits@dss.sc.gov.

Address Update and Requesting Replacement P-EBT Card:

  1. Dial 1-800-554-5268 (Customer Service)
  2. Select Option 1 for English or Option 2 for Spanish
  3. The system will ask caller to enter the card#, they will not enter anything, after a few seconds it will take them to the Retry Menu
  4. From this menu,  Press 4
  5. The system will then take them to the get SSN/DOB/PIN validation
  6. It will ask them to enter their SSN, here they should make up a social security number.
  7. After that it will ask them to enter their DOB as MM/DD/YYYY, where they should make up a DOB, for example, 02/12/2012
  8. After this it will ask them to enter their PIN, as they do not have a PIN, they will enter 1234
  9. It will take a few seconds and then it will say that we could not validate your information
  10. It will again ask them to enter their SSN, enter same made-up SSN used earlier, it will say the number you entered, if this is correct Press 1, they should press 1
  11. After that it will ask them to enter DOB as MM/DD/YYYY, enter the made up DOB, for example, 02122012, it will say you entered February 12th, 2012, if this is correct Press 1, they should Press 1
  12. After this it will again ask them to enter their PIN, they will again enter 1234, the system will take a few seconds and say that we could not validate your information, please wait while we transfer you to a representative
  13. Here they will be transferred to a CSR where they can tell them that they never received their PEBT card and would like a replacement card to be sent to them.
  14. The representative will ask them for their DOB, SSN, they give 000000000 for SSN and Childs DOB. CSR will ask them to verify their address, if the address is incorrect they should give the new address to the CSR, which the CSR will update and will replace the card. The CSR will tell them that they will get their card in 7 to 10 business days.

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The payments families are being issued now are summer benefits. Students that were enrolled during the 2020-21 school year and were free, reduced, or attended a CEP will receive summer benefits. Students that need a card issued for these benefits should allow up to 3 weeks for the card to arrive via mail. Students that became eligible for free or reduced meals via meal application or DC from the end of the 2020-21 school year until August 16th will be paid summer benefits in late September if they were enrolled for the 2020-21 school year. Students at new CEP schools for the 2021-22 school year are not eligible for summer P-EBT benefits unless they were approved as free or reduced during the 2020-21 school year.

Currently, there are no P-EBT benefits scheduled for the 2021-22 school year. Parents are encouraged to complete meal applications now in case DSS and USDA determine SC will issue benefits for this school year.

To check the status of a P-EBT card, parents may check the DSS portal, https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/pebt/benefitinquiry.

If a new card is needed because it was lost or not delivered, please call 1-800-554-5268. If no answer, email DSS at PEBTBenefits@dss.sc.gov.

There will be no more corrections made to benefits issued for the 2020-21 school year even for those whose attendance was incorrect.