Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for Children in SY 2020-2021 webinar
The Iowa Department of Education (Department) and the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) are collaborating to implement a second round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program (P-EBT). The Families First Coronavirus Act of 2020, as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and the Other Extensions Act, allows approved states to provide eligible school children with temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program if their schools were not closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance for at least five consecutive days may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. DHS will provide oversight of the P-EBT program and the Department will use student data that schools submit through a secure site to generate a list of school children eligible for P-EBT.
Keerti Patel, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services and Jennifer Schroeder-Thomas, Bureau of Information and Analysis Services will share information on how the P-EBT program is different this year and provide training on the processes to ensure that accurate and timely data are received from all public school districts and nonpublic schools.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Staff members responsible for submitting data in SRI, administrative staff in public and nonpublic schools and staff responsible for determining free and reduced price meal eligibility. Schools need to identify the staff involved in this process and ensure they attend the webinar. This staff will be responsible for providing information that will determine if a family receives these crucial benefits. This webinar will be recorded.