STATE PROGRAM OFFERS FAMILIES HELP TO PAY FOR FOOD5/12/2020
As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.
The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:
- Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
- Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:
- Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
- Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.
For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services