40 YEARS: AT CAP WE BUILD FUTURES
INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS
Effective June 9, 2020, SFA's may direct parents/guardians to the following online P-EBT Inquiry Form if the parent/guardian believes they should have already received P-EBT benefits at https://www.emergencymealsurvey.com/PA.
The following issuance timeline is also provided on the welcome page of the P-EBT Inquiry Form. SFAs may communicate this timeline to families as well.
P-EBT benefit issuance for current SNAP and TANF EBT cardholders will be complete by June 8, 2020, if their school-aged child was receiving free or reduced-price meals before May 20, 2020. Current SNAP and TANF EBT Cardholders can check their card balance by calling 1-888-328-7366 or using www.connectebt.com.
Free and reduced eligible school-aged students that are not SNAP/TANF or those receiving SNAP or TANF that became eligible for free or reduced-price meals after May 20, 2020, while P-EBT cards are being mailed and should be received by the end of June 2020.
The Family’s First Coronavirus Response Act authorized a new benefit called Pandemic EBT to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The benefit will come on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which is like a debit card. The benefits can only be spent on food items at any store that accepts SNAP (“food stamps”). P-EBT is a one-time payment that aims to help parents afford food for children who could be receiving free or reduced-price school meals if their school were open.
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-priced meals if it were not for school closures.
The families at CAP will receive the approximate food benefit amount of $365.00 for each school-aged child in their family.
This benefit will be issued in the form of a P-EBT card by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).
If you already have an active EBT (SNAP) card, the P-EBT funds will be automatically added to your card. You do not need to do anything for this to occur.
If you do not have an active EBT (SNAP) card and your mailing address is correct in PowerSchool you also do not need to do anything to receive your P-EBT card. If your mailing address is not correct, please provide your current mailing address to ensure proper delivery of your P-EBT card.
When will I get my P-EBT?
Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Education will begin to issue P-EBT benefits using information from schools within approximately 15 days of plan approval. They will issue the benefits in phases. Households that are already getting SNAP (food stamps), Medical Assistance, or TANF Cash Assistance will receive P-EBT benefits first. In the second phase, the state will mail P-EBT cards to other households with students who are already enrolled in school meals or who attend a CEP school like CAP. Households with newly enrolled students will receive their P-EBT cards throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
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Free Meals for Children in the Summer The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer when school is not in session.
The link to find a location near you is https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
Free Community Wi-Fi Hot-Spots: The FCC has asked the nation’s telecommunications companies to take the
https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected, which includes a commitment that vendors make their
community Wi-Fi Hotspots open and free to all:
Comcast/Xfinity - https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/
Zito Media - https://www.zitomedia.net/wifi/
Atlantic Broadband - https://atlanticbb.com/my-services/my-account/wifi-hotspots
National Free Wi-Fi Map - https://www.wifimap.io/. Many of these locations are restaurants that are now closed, but their parking lots may continue to have active service.
What is Pandemic-EBT?
“Gov. Wolf and Secretary Ramos announced that schools will be physically closed until the end of the school year. CAP will continue its Distance Learning Plan. To find out more about that plan, please go to the COVID-19 tab along the top bar.”
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Special education teachers will be in contact with students and their families regarding individualized services [for students with IEPs and 504 Service Plans]