Have You Received a Letter About Food Benefits for Your Students? Here is Why
Shawnee Public Schools has been made aware that families of many Shawnee students are receiving information about food benefits from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Be aware that SPS did not share any information about our families' names, addresses, phone numbers or income with OKDHS. The Oklahoma State Department of Education identified students who would have received free and reduced lunches at Oklahoma public schools last spring when school buildings were closed due to COVID-19 precautions, and OSDE shared the families' contact information with OKDHS. Because all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grades attending SPS qualify for no-cost meals through the USDA's Community Eligibility Provision, every SPS student in those grades who was enrolled on March 30, 2020, was identified to receive these food benefits.
Parents of these students have already received or will receive a letter from OKDHS explaining they will receive funds through a Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. According to OKDHS, families do not need to apply for these benefits. Those families that already receive SNAP benefits will find the additional funds added to their SNAP account. Families who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. Families who have more than one eligible student will receive all funds on a single card.
P-EBT benefits will be issued for the 44-day period that schools were closed at the end of the 2019-2020 school year from March 17 through May 15, 2020. Each student will receive an amount equivalent to $5.70 per school day, or $250.80. These funds will be distributed in three separate monthly allotments on the same card: $62.70, $125.40 and $62.70.
More information about the P-EBT program may be found at the OKDHS website.