Meal Program During Full Distance Learning

meal program overview during full distance learning

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Through an extension of the USDA School Food Service waivers August 31, 2020, we are able to offer meals at no cost to all children in the community, regardless of income or enrollment. This is in effect through December 30, 2020.

Meal distribution will start Friday, September 4, 2020. Meals will be available for pick-up on regular school days, Monday - Friday. Meal service will not be available on holidays or non-student days (any day that school is not in-session).
 

Family members may pick up meals without children present. To ensure that we remain compliant with USDA regulations, the person picking up meals will need to fill out and sign an attestation the confirms the following:

  • All distributed meals will go to a child 18 years of age or younger
  • Each child will receive only one breakfast and one lunch each day
 

meal distribution locations and pick-up times

Meal distribution will start Friday, September 4, 2020. Meals will be available for pick-up at the locations listed below Monday-Friday on regular school days. Meal distribution will not be available holidays and non-student days (any day that school is not in-session).

School Meal Distribution Locations & Pick Up Times:
*Updated Times affective September 14

Kingston Middle School
10:00am – 11:15am
*11:15am - 12:30pm beginning Monday, September 14

Hilder Pearson Elementary School
10:30am – 11:45am
*11:15am - 12:30pm beginning Monday, September 14

Poulsbo Middle School
10:00am  – 11:15am
*11:15am - 12:30pm beginning Monday, September 14

Suquamish Elementary School
10:00am – 11:15am
*11:15am - 12:30pm beginning Monday, September 14

Vinland Elementary School
10:30am – 11:45am
*11:15am - 12:30pm beginning Monday, September 14


Pandemic EBT Meal Program

Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades k-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.

If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling (360) 396-3279 or visit the Food & Nutrition Services section of our website.

Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBTImmigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed while schools closed due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.

If your family does not receive Basic Food, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. The application will be open through September 11, 2020. There are two ways to apply:

Go to: www.WashingtonConnection.org, or

Call DSHS at 877-501-2233

Learn more about P-EBT.