The Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Emergency School Meals Program will again be offered in 2021 to eligible families. P-EBT was launched in Spring 2020 by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries due to COVID-19 school closures.
Any family with a child in grades K-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals—including children who go to a school where meals are free for all students--can get P-EBT. Eligible families receive an EBT card (much like a debit card) which they can use to buy food in any SNAP-certified store or online (i.e., Amazon and Walmart). EBT cards are sent to eligible households using the mailing address listed in Skyward.
To be eligible for P-EBT, households need to apply and qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through the district or be directly certified through the state.
In anticipation of the implementation of the updated P-EBT program in 2021, now is a good time for families to submit an application for free or reduced price meals to see if their children qualify. The application process for free or reduced-price school meals is simple and confidential. There are no citizenship requirements for participation, and immigration status is not requested or disclosed.
Households that have experienced a change in income due to job loss or other circumstances are especially encouraged to apply.
Use the following links to apply for and learn more about Free/Reduced Price school meals. This and other information can also be found on the Food Services page of the Ridgefield School District website.
Did you know that students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may be eligible for decreased course fees, athletic fees, ASB activity fees and CISPUS fees? A signed Parental Release of Information Form is required.