TO: East Irondequoit CSD Families
FROM: School Nutrition Department
Colin Pierce, Assistant School Business Administrator
DATE: September 17, 2021
RE: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits
Dear Lancer Families,
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides temporary food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a reduction in in-person learning due to the pandemic. P-EBT food benefits are being issued by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. These temporary food benefits are being provided to help cover the cost of meals children would have otherwise received at school during the 2020-21 academic year.
Children who receive free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program are eligible for P-EBT food benefits if their school operated with reduced in-person attendance due to COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year. A student’s status as a virtual student or their individual attendance does not impact their eligibility to receive benefits. You do not (and cannot) apply for P-EBT food benefits. P-EBT food benefits will automatically be issued to eligible children, the District or the School Nutrition Office do not have a role in the distribution of these benefits.
Please be aware that elementary students who attended Laurelton-Pardee, Durand-Eastman, Helendale Road or Ivan Green ARE NOT eligible to receive P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year. This is because East Irondequoit offered in-person learning, 5-days per week for the entire 2020-21 school year and did not have any school closures due to COVID-19. Whether in-person or virtual, our students were eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch all school year, including on weekends and holidays.
Secondary students who attended East Irondequoit Middle School or Eastridge High School ARE eligible to receive the P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year because the district offered a hybrid learning model of 2-days of in person instruction and 2-days of virtual learning on a rotating basis. These students did not have full-time access to in person learning and are thus eligible for the benefit.
For additional information, including answers to the questions of how much will be received and when, please visit the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions webpage or call the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.
We encourage all families to continue to submit applications for free or reduced priced meals to ensure the most accurate information is on file in the event the federal government sponsors a new batch of P-EBT food benefit cards during the pandemic. Students who receive free or reduced-price meals may also qualify for fee waivers for things like AP exams or college applications.
Assistant School Business Administrator