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  • Writer's pictureNatalya Murakhver

School Meals and Pandemic EBT Update

Welcome to fall. Whether you are keeping your kids fully remote, doing hybrid learning, here are your school food and P-EBT updates.

  • The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will continue to serve adults as well as children.

  • Students attending in-person classes will get grab-and-go meals and eat them in classrooms

  • In addition, breakfast and lunch will be distributed from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at about 200 schools in high need areas

  • Students learning remotely will have access to meals at the school buildings closest to them

  • Children or their parents/guardians can pick up the food from 9 a.m. to noon

  • To review: you do not need to go to the school you attend to get your meals, go to the school closest to you. No ID is required.

NYC students have been promised $420 in EBT cash for groceries. All Phase 1 and Phase 2 families (those already on public assistance) have already been sent these funds, automatically added to existing cards. Those families not previously on public assistance will get their cards this week (or may have already received them). These cards are not transferrable. Those who wish to donate the money are asked to spend the cards on their own groceries and make a $420 donation to a food bank or other hunger assistance organization.

If you have not received your EBT card, you have until 9/30 to be in touch with OTDA to add or correct your address. Please call P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline: 1-833-452-0096. For further assistance please contact Community Food Advocates.

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