P-EBT Update and Ordering Meals
Students 18 and under who are enrolled in Intermediate District 287 and qualify for free or reduced price meals or who are enrolled at North Education Center and under 18 (under the Community Eligibility Provision) are eligible to receive the Second Phase of the Pandemic-EBT program. The amount of the P-EBT benefit received will be based on the number of distance learning days only. Days when students attended school in person will not be counted.
Students who are approved for free or reduced price meal benefits before February 28, 2021, will receive the P-EBT benefits retroactive from September 2020-June 2021.
If your application is approved or your student becomes eligible on March 1, 2021, or later, your benefits will go from March 2021-June 2021.
If you previously applied for free or reduced priced meals and were not eligible and your circumstances have changed, you can reapply at any time during the school year.
In order to receive the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible. You may apply online at https://paypams.com/OnlineApp.aspx.
If you are approved for free or reduced priced meals, you do not need to contact us or the MN Department of Education – you will automatically receive the P-EBT card. The cards will be sent to your students’ school and be distributed out to families. We are not sure when the cards will arrive but know that it will be sometime after March.
Food Service Update
Free meals are available to all students through the end of the school year based on their current learning model.
Students returning to Full Time In-Person Learning on January 19th (K-3), February 2nd (4-5), February 16th (6-8 and transition programs) or March 2nd (9-12) – When your student returns to full time in-person learning, they will receive free breakfast and lunch daily while at school. They will also be sent home with a weekend meal pack on Friday afternoons, unless you opt-out of receiving the meal pack by informing their teacher. You do not need to pre-order or sign up for meals. We hope to continue to provide weekend meal packs through the end of the school year. Once students return to full time in-person learning, they are not eligible to receive weekly meal packs or meal deliveries unless they return to distance learning or it is a school break week.
Connected Learning – If your secondary student is attending in-person learning one day a week currently, they will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch while they are at school and will be sent home with a 4-day pack of meals for their distance learning days. These 4-day meal packs will be discontinued once your student returns to full time in-person learning. If you would like to receive a weekend meal pack for your student, you may sign up weekly on the Meal Order Form and pick up the weekend meal pack at one of our school sites each Friday, until your student returns to full time in-person learning. Additional information can be found in the meal order form. We hope to continue to provide weekend meal packs through the end of the school year.
Distance Learning – If your student is remaining in distance learning, you may sign up weekly on the Meal Order Form to receive a 7-day meal pack that may be picked up at North Education Center or West Education Center each Friday. Additional information can be found in the meal order form. Please note that due to low participation, beginning February 12th, we will no longer have meal pickups available at South Education Center or Ann Bremer Education Center.
Critical Need Meal Delivery
To qualify for critical need home meal delivery:
- Your family must have a student enrolled in Intermediate District 287 and
- You must have a current SY 2020-21 School Meal Benefit Application on file – Online Application
- You have no access to a car/vehicle or other transportation. OR
- No one in your household can leave their job during school meal pickup hours
- Your student is in full distance learning
If you qualify for critical need meal delivery and your student is in distance learning and you would like to have a 7-day meal pack delivered to your home, please complete the Critical Need Meal Delivery Sign Up Form. Additional information is included within the form.