Washington Families Can Get Help with Buying Groceries
Dear Snoqualmie Valley families,
Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for additional food assistance from the state, 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. The benefit is for ALL children in Washington who receive free or reduced-price (f/r) school meals. This one-time benefit will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.
Each eligible child may receive up to amaximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food (food stamps) and will not count in a public charge test. 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 already receives Basic Food and f/r meals, you will automatically receive the P-EBT benefit.
If your family does not receive Basic Food and f/r meals, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. Families with children who are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals must fill out a meal application with their school district before June 30 and before they apply for P-EBT.
NOTE: If you have not applied for free and reduced meals this year, but are now experiencing a loss in income, we encourage you to apply for eligibility by filling out a free/reduced application. If completed by June 30, families would be able to apply for these extra P-EBT benefits and also qualify for free or discounted meal benefits for the first 30 school days of the next school year. You can find out if you are income eligible and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals by visiting the SVSD Food Services webpage or calling 425-831-8009.
The P-EBT application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply: