Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefits

Jun 11, 20

Meal set for family

To support families during the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government has approved additional funds for meals for families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The food benefits are called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits. On June 8, OSPI released a toolkit of resources for school districts to share information about P-EBT with eligible families.

During these school closures, school districts may provide breakfast and lunch to any student, regardless of their family income, at the location(s) designated by the district. Check out OSPI’s guidance for school districts available on the OSPI Meals & Nutrition Guidance webpage.

When Your Students are Back in School – Check out Food Service!

Food Service, which is part of the Family Access module, allows guardians to view their current account balance and payment history; see what their children are eating; view application status for free and reduced meals; and, if your school offers an online payment option, load their account using a check, credit, or debit card. You can even set up automatic notifications when lunch balances are low.

From hot lunch head counts to food allergies, sometimes a few hours can make all the difference. New students are automatically available in the Food Service system, alerts are readily available to keep your students safe, and student pictures appear when students are on their way through the lunch line.

Food Service is a great product that puts the power in the hands of guardians and reduces the amount of time schools spend answering questions about meal accounts and student spending.

To learn more about how Food Service can help your district, contact your information Service Center, or contact WSIPC at or (425) 349-6450.

Watch this video to learn about Food Service in Qmlativ!

Food Service Qmlativ Video

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