COVID-19

P-EBT

P-EBT Requirements

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:

  1. They include a child who was enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Flyer

Hawai’i Pandemic EBT FAQs

Hawai’i P-EBT Outreach Flyer

Hawai’i Pandemic EBT Press Release (PDF)

Hawai’i Pandemic EBT Press Release (Word DOC)

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:

Usage Guide

Planning Table

General Planning

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Meal Schedule Table + Instructions

Resources for Educators:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Principals:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Health Professionals/School Nurse:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Front Office Staff:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Custodial Staff:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Paraprofessional Staff:

Planning Table

Planning Table Instructions

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Resources for Families:

School Meals FAQ

FAQ Instructions

Food Allergy under COVID-19

The Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Back to School Headquarters web page is a toolkit for preparing parents, students and teachers for this year’s unique back to school experience.  It includes:
                The latest guidance for school food allergy management during COVID-19 from
                the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy
                of Pediatrics (AAP)
               Tips and plans for parents to ensure their children’s safety, inclusion  and accommodation;
               toolkits and trainings for teachers, staff and food service workers; and posters, programs, activities and more.

Healthy Tips During a Quarantine

Waivers

SY 20-21 Meal Service Waiver Request Form – NSLP/SBP

Waiver Request to Disregard Water Requirement for NSLP/SBP/CACFP/ASP

Waiver Request to Serve Meals Due to a School Closure Related to the Novel Coronavirus

Waiver of Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment in NSLP and SBP

Waiver Request to Serve Meals During the Summer During the Novel Coronavirus

HCNP Waivers SY 2020-21

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