• Pandemic-Electronic Balance Transfer (P-EBT) Eligibility New for FALL of 2020

    We have been notified by NCDHHS of a brief extension of P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT program helps families who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic called Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer. Under the new federal guidelines, many families that received P-EBT benefits in the spring may not be eligible to receive benefits this fall. Under the US Department of Agriculture’s new guidance and the September 30 deadline, DHHS provided P-EBT benefits to as many children as possible, with the wish they could have helped every family in need.  More than 600,000 students will qualify for the fall P-EBT program compared to the more than 900,000 who qualified in the spring.

    There are several criteria for students to receive these benefits this fall. those criteria appear below. 

    • If students received P-EBT benefits last year (2019-2020); or
    • Students have been directly certified for free meal benefits for the current school year (2020-2021); or
    • Students attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) School for the current year (2020-2021)


    If you have questions, Please call NCDHHS at: 1-866-719-0141


    Click here for the list of P-EBT eligible school systems.

    Click here for a P-EBT FAQ.

    Click here for a visual guide to P-EBT benefits.

    Click here for more information from NCDHHS.


    If none of those scenarios apply and you have had a reduction in your income recently or you are caring for additional family members, please consider applying for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits through Pitt County Schools. If you think you may now qualify, you can get the application from our PCS website, from school bus meal deliveries, from your school or at the PCS central office located at 1717 W. Fifth St. in Greenville. You can turn in your completed Free/Reduced Meal Application to a school bus delivering meals, to your school, to our central office or by mail.  Once a child becomes Free/Reduced meal eligible, their information will be sent to the Department of Health and Human Services so P-EBT monetary benefits can be received.

    Think you may qualify? Click for a Pitt County Schools application:

    2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Application- English

    2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Application- Spanish