Category: 2020

PEBT Update September 11th

On September 11, DESE announced the third round of pandemic EBT credits. This round will include only the month of September and is likely to be followed by a fourth iteration. Any student who is registered for Free/Reduced lunch will receive a credit to their PEBT account. The credit will cover only those September days when a student was a) not in school due to our calendar change for the start of the school year and/or b) was in remote instruction. 

We will continue to keep our community members updated on changes and developments in DTA’s pandemic food program. 

Please contact the School Nutrition Director Crystal Andrade(candrade@oldcolony.info) or the Assistant Principal, Gary Linehan(glinehan@oldcolony.info) if you have questions or concerns.

PEBT Update

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) added $199.50 in food benefits to each Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) card at the end of June. The amount was automatically added to existing cards; families do NOT need a new P-EBT card, and they do NOT need to reactivate their card. Families can check their balance by calling the number on the back of their card.
 
Families should have received a P-EBT card if one of their children was receiving free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program before schools closed for the pandemic and they do not actively receive DTA benefits (SNAP and TAFDC). If families lost their P-EBT card or believe they are eligible and did not receive one, they should visit www.MAp-EBT.org. More information and outreach materials are also available at that site.

Families who are still waiting to receive their P-EBT Card:

As of July 21, DTA has started the process of printing and mailing outstanding cards to families who are still waiting to receive them. Please note: not all families will receive their cards right away. They are continuing to print and mail cards over the next few weeks. Please be patient if you are waiting for yours, especially when you begin to see other families receiving their cards. If you do not receive your card in two weeks, check in with the FoodSource Hotline for an update: 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.

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PEBT Flow

 

 

  • Our families are encouraged to utilize the following link for meal and nutrition resources: https://meals4kids.org/summer
  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs are constantly being introduced, expanded and changing.
  • Please be sure that the information on your household school meal application(s) school year 2019-20 remains current.  An  approved application now ensures continuation of school meal benefits during the 30-day carryover period next school year. The approved school meal application also makes the household immediately eligible for P-EBT benefits.

PEBT Updates/Facts

 Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline-1-800-645-8333

  • In May the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will be mailing a letter to eligible households. Households that are eligible and do not receive a letter by the end of May should call the Project Bread Hotline.
  • One card will be issued for each eligible child: $5.70 per day: $28.50 per week.
  • Once you receive a card. Hold onto it. Funds may be added in the future.
  • Funds carry over from month to month.
  • P-EBT cards can be used at any store accepting SNAP. Most retailers have SNAP/EBT signs.
  •  A specific list of  what can be purchased can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/wr/snap-eligible-foods.pdf?_ga=2.255139085.46967995.1585141848-1340380686.1579544316
  •     P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meal sites: they do not replace them.
  • If you need food now call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline
  • For more information about P-EBT Program go here. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt