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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.educateiowa.gov 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 www.north-cedar.org 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@example.com or at 563-452-3179, ext 5.