Pandemic P-EBT Info

Attention Parents:

North Cedar CSD received information from the State of Iowa today that families who are eligible for free/reduced meals will be eligible to receive a Pandemic-EBT card.  P-EBT is a USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program that provides food assistance benefits to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (PK-12) children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced priced school meals (FRL) due to instruction schedule changes and school closures related to COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, as amended by the Continuing Appropriation Act of 2021 and Other Extensions Act, extended and expanded the P-EBT program through the 2020-2021 school year. In Iowa, the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Department of Education will collaboratively administer this program.


To be an eligible student, a student must:

1. Attend an eligible school;

2. Be approved to receive free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program during the 2020-21 school year by having an approved free/reduced application, or being directly certified through Food Assistance, FIP, Foster Care, or Medicaid

3. Participate in a reduced learning schedule due to COVID-19 (i.e., hybrid or 100% virtual learning models). Students learning in-person 100% of the time may be eligible to receive benefits during virtual learning days (e.g., school closures due to high COVID-19 positivity rates).

Many households that normally qualify from an application didn’t apply this year due to breakfast and lunch meals being free for all students. For the purpose of P-EBT benefits, if a household completes a SY 2020-21 income eligibility application today and the child(ren) in the household are determined eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, the P-EBT benefits will be retroactive back to September.

With this quickly unfolding, we ask that any household that would qualify for free or reduced meals to fill out an application and return to any school or email to [email protected] by Friday, April 16th. Our deadline to the State of Iowa is Wednesday, April 20th.

If you already qualify by Direct Cert or have already filled out a free/reduced application for the 2020-2021 school year, there is no need to fill out an application.

For more information, please visit: click on the COVID-19 tab on the bar at the top of the screen, and click on P-EBT Program.

For a free/reduced application, please visit our website at then click on Departments, School Nutrition, scroll to the bottom right and find the 2020-2021 free and reduced application.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Smith at [email protected] or at 563-452-3179, ext 5.