Information for Families about
P-EBT Benefits for 2021-22 School Year, Summer 2022, and Summer 2023
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for the 2021-22 school year and the summer 2022 and 2023 periods.
Application for Additional Benefits
If your eligible child was absent or remote learning for any number of days in a month due to COVID-19 in the 2021-22 year, you can apply to see if they are eligible for additional benefits. Visit the P-EBT Food Benefit Application at https://pebtbenefits.ny.gov, log in, and check the list of schools to see if your child’s school is listed. If it is, you can apply for additional benefits by reporting the number of days your child was absent or remote by month and confirm that it was due to COVID-19.
The deadline to apply is September 30th, 2023. More information about completing and submitting an application is available at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-FAQs
For More Information or Questions
OTDA provides updates on benefit issuances at https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/. If you have questions, you may call the P-EBT food benefits Helpline: 1-833-452-0096 or fill out the P-EBT Information Form at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-Info to submit a question in writing. More information about P-EBT is available at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-FAQs
NYS Website Language Translations: https://www.ny.gov/website-language-translations
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS K-12
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For the 2023 – 2024 school year, all children in the White Plains City School District will receive breakfast and lunch meals at no charge regardless of household income or completion of the Household Benefit Income Eligibility form. However, families are encouraged to complete the Household Benefit Income Eligibility Form. This form is used to determine eligibility for additional State and Federal program benefits that your child(ren) may qualify for such as college preparation programs, free instruments rental, AP test fee waiver, etc. Please click the link below to download the form, read the instructions on the back, complete only ONE form for your household, sign your name and return it to your school main office, or mail it to the Food & Nutrition Office at 550 North Street White plains, NY 10605 or email to email@example.com . If you need help, please call 914 422-2054. Please note: Social Security number is not required.
Students in the White Plains City School District will begin the 2023-2024 school year, on the right track with FREE nutritious breakfast AND lunch meals in school. WPCSD is approved to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP allows districts to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without the encumbrance of collecting and processing school meal applications for free and reduced-price meals. In addition, Community Eligibility allows families to reallocate the money previously used for the lunch program back into supporting their household.
Grab & Go Breakfast
Breakfast meals will be “Grab & Go” to the classroom and are available as students enter school or on the cafeteria serving line. School breakfast creates pathways for student success, prepares students to be engaged learners, fosters the learning environment, and improves academic success!
Online Menus and Nutrition Information App
Monthly menus, including nutritional information, will be available at https://schools.mealviewer.com/ to assist students and parents with meal planning. Menus include a variety of hot and cold entrée selections featuring student favorites and special monthly promotions. Fresh fruits and vegetables, available with every meal, will feature fresh, seasonal, and local produce. Healthy snack choices will be available daily as an a la carte purchase. Allergies? The Food & Nutrition Department will work with parents, medical providers, and a Registered Dietician to develop a modified menu for your student.
Student ID Cards and Online Payments
A computerized POS system is used to record breakfast and lunch meals and to make a la carte purchases. Parents can make online payments into their student’s account through myschoolbucks.com. All students will be required to use their new barcoded student ID card and their accounts to purchase second meals, snacks, and beverages in the cafeteria. We are encouraging a “cashless” cafeteria line to increase speed of service, but accept checks made out to WPCSD Food & Nutrition.
Although all meals are free, in order to track and count meals, each student grades K-5, will receive a “bus pass”, which should be placed on the backpack, and is required to access grab & go breakfast upon entering school. A student ID card will be issued to the student, in class, to access lunch meals.
Questions about P-EBT? (Preguntas Sobre P-EBT?)
Federal Affordable Internet Connectivity Program helps families pay for the whole house internet. Click the above link for more information and details on applying. A household is eligible if one member of the household is approved to receive free and reduced-price school meals.