The Pandemic — Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program is additional money for families to buy food while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Families with children who receive free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program will receive P-EBT funds.
Find more information about P-EBT and how to use your benefits.
December 18, 2020 Update: The Baker-Polito Administration recently became the first state to receive federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT benefits (P-EBT) for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT promotes increased food security for families whose children are in hybrid or remote learning environments and who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.
Eligible households will receive the next round of P-EBT benefits by the end of December.
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Memorandum 4/6: Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) — April Report under USDA Nationwide Waiver in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
Guidence 4/8: COVID-19 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Programs Non-congregate Meal Waiver for Home Delivery Questions and Answers
Guidence 4/8: COVID-19 Summer Food Service Program Non-congregate Meal Waiver for Home Delivery Questions and Answers
Memorandum 5/4: Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Nationwide COVID-19 Waiver
FSMC Covid19 Waiver SY20-21
Memorandum 5/14: COVID- 19 Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver Extension with Questions and Answers
Memorandum 5/14: Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Below is a list of nationwide and state waivers to Child Nutrition Program regulations:
If you have further questions about access to meals or ability to serve meal during this time please contact: Nutrition@doe.mass.edu.
Last Updated: December 21, 2020
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for schools
Parents and guardians questions can be directed to COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov
District and school staff's questions can be directed to: Reopeningk12@mass.gov
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