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Free & Reduced Meal Application

Apply Now: Free and Reduced Meal Application

Your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free lunch meals, based on your income or state benefits received. Breakfast is free for all students regardless of income.

In order to be eligible for free lunch meals, families will need to complete an application unless they participate in a qualified benefits program (e.g., SNAP, TANF, or certain Medical Assistance). 

To APPLY: Complete the application

Read instructions to complete online application video instructions to complete online application 


Eligibility Information 

In the letter below, please review the eligibility information for your household. 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Meyer by email or phone, 215-619-8000 ext 1110.

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLBP) is a federally assisted service that helps schools provide meals in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools, as well as residential child care institutions. In previous years, NSLBP provided over 31 million children with nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals each day. The NSLBP follows the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) guidelines for nutrition and dietary specifications for each meal provided to students.


Pennsylvania - Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) – Summer 2023

Congress created Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) as a temporary response to help families cover the cost of breakfasts and lunches their children would have been eligible to receive for free or at reduced price through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

To be eligible for a 2023 Summer P-EBT benefit a student must:
1. As of May 2023, be attending a school that participates in the NSLP.
2. Be determined as eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for the 2022-2023 school year.

Students are not eligible to receive a 2023 Summer P-EBT benefit if, for the 2022-2023 school year, they were homeschooled, attended a school that did not participate in NSLP, or attended a cyber school or a district’s virtual academy that existed prior to the pandemic.
The 2023 P-EBT benefit is a fixed amount of $120 per eligible student. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) will issue the benefits starting in late July and going into mid-August 2023.


Family Resources - Quick P-BET Reference 

View the P-BET Summer 2023 - Family Guide 

CLick here to check if a child was determined eligible to receive P-EBT
Specific instructions for accessing the portal on a mobile device and searching for the
child’s name 


To activate the child’s P-EBT card or change the pin – call the number on the back of the card.

Click Here to request replacement card for the 2021-2022 school year or summer 2022 or 2023

Click here to submit a P-BET inquiry or call the family hotline: 877-343-0179

Click here to Check a P-EBT balance and transaction history or on the the ConnectEBT mobile app

Department of Human Services (DHS) P-BET Website with Frequently Asked Questions