This is a reminder that the USDA has extended flexibilities allowing free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In-person learning students (K-12) receive free breakfast and lunch at school daily, regardless of their status. Preschool students as well as virtual learning students are also able to receive free meals through our “distance meals” program. If you have a preschool-aged or virtual learning student enrolled at PEVS and are not already receiving the weekly emails, or you would like more information on our distance meal program please feel free to contact me at any time.
Lastly, I would like to remind families (of K-12 students) of the importance of applying for, as well as updating their free and reduced lunch application. The application process is confidential, easy, and is more than just free and reduced meals. Qualifying families will continue to receive benefits, even after the current flexibilities come to an end, and additionally may be eligible for: waived school fees, waived college application fees, waived fees for SAT/ACT tests, etc. Applications that qualify are also used to verify Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) funds. These funds are given to purchase food for your household outside of the school day. During this time many families are struggling with reduced or loss of income and we understand that your income may be affected at any time. When an income adjustment occurs in your home, we ask that you please update the information on your application by filling out and submitting a new form. To fill an application for your family, simply go to final forms and scroll down until you see the “free and reduced meals” tab.
If you have any questions regarding any information in this email, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.
Food Service Director
Paulding Ex. Village Schools
(419) 399-4656 ext. 1525