The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve State agency plans for temporary emergency standards of eligibility and levels of benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Children who would receive free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the school closure are eligible under this provision.
Households are potentially eligible for P-EBT if they meet these three conditions:
- They include a child who was enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade.
- The child received free or reduced-price school meals, or attended a Community Eligibility Provision school that provided these meals to all students regardless of an individual student’s household income.
- The child’s school has been closed due to the pandemic for at least five consecutive days.
Head Start programs are not included in P-EBT; however some Pre-Ks are eligible for P-EBT. These are the conditions that must be met.
- If the Pre-K is in a grade school participating in the federal free and reduced lunch program and those children in the Pre-K are included in that program.
- If the children turned age 5 anytime during the school year, those children will be eligible and receive P-EBT benefits.
- As well, P-EBT is only for those children eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, which is separate from the USDA Child Nutrition Program-CACFP.
For questions about P-EBT email DHS at: [email protected] or call (808)586-8047.
Hawai’i Pandemic EBT Press Release (Word DOC)
Back to School Planning Resources
COVID-19 Resources for Schools
Documents to Assist you for Pandemic Feeding
Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom
“The Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom is designed to help you easily communicate your district procedures for serving meals in the classroom (MIC) to key stakeholders within their school community. MIC could refer to breakfast, lunch, supper and/or snacks.
As schools reopen following COVID-19 closures, districts will utilize different scenarios for feeding students. We have developed a suite of resources to help school nutrition professionals communicate with all stakeholders plans and procedures for eating in the classroom. Please note: This guide is not intended to provide guidance or training for school nutrition department staff.
To use this guide most effectively, already have your plans and policies in place. Each template is an editable Word document where you can customize and adjust as needed for sharing with the intended stakeholder group.”
Instructions and FAQs:
Resources for Educators:
Resources for Principals:
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Resources for Paraprofessional Staff:
Resources for Families:
Food Allergy under COVID-19
Healthy Tips During a Quarantine
The following waiver extensions have been granted to the State of Hawaii:
Meal Pattern Flexibility expires 6/30/2021
Meal Service Time expires 6/30/2021
Non-Congregate Feeding expires 6/30/2021
Parent/Guardian Meal Pick up expires 6/30/2021
On-site Monitoring CACFP Sponsors expires 9/30/2021
On-site Monitoring CACFP SA expires 9/30/2021
On-site Monitoring School Meals expires 6/30/2021
On-site Monitoring SFSP Sponsors expires 9/30/2021
On-site Monitoring SFSP SA expires 9/30/2021
Non-Area Eligibility expires 06/30/2021
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