In an effort to support Colorado’s families during the COVID-19 epidemic, the Colorado Department of Human Services and Department of Education have teamed up to secure USDA approval to issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits to school-age children who would have received free or reduced-price lunches during the time that schools have been closed. Each household with a child receiving free or reduced-price lunches is eligible to receive an amount of $5.70 per child per school day on a Colorado EBT card that will support the family in creating healthy, wholesome meal options for kids who are now home during the school day.
For Colorado families that currently receive SNAP benefits, no action will be needed from the family and benefits will be automatically issued in approximately mid-July (more detail to come when available). Families that currently do not participate in the SNAP program, and whose children attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, will receive instructions and key information through the family’s school or school district on how to receive those benefits in June. P-EBT benefits will be issued to households as a one-time payment reflecting the days that children would have been in school but were not in March, April, and May due to COVID-19.
The application is not currently ready. LPSD will be communicating information as it becomes available.
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- Long-Term Planning & Balanced Budgeting
- Attune to State & National, State Legislative trends
- Compliance with local, federal and state audits to ensure food safety and cost reimbursement.
- Conduct regular community outreach to parents
- Provide community meals.