Frequently Asked Questions for Families about the 2020-2021 School Year.

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Pandemic-EBT Update for DCPS Students

For all questions related to the DC Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program please visit DHS’s P-EBT webpage and complete the web form to contact the Department of Human Services. Information about P-EBT funds distributed from October 2020 to present is not yet available as the District does not have a P-EBT plan that has been approved by the federal government. To ensure the P-EBT card is received quickly once they become available, families should contact their school to make sure their current mailing address is on file.

Though all meals will be served free of charge for DCPS students learning in school and at open meal sites for SY 20/21, we encourage families with children who do not attend a CEP school to complete the Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) application as soon as possible to ensure maximum P-EBT benefits are received once they become available. More information on FARM can be found here. Paper FARM applications can be picked up and submitted at any open DCPS meal site or in the office at non-CEP schools.

Early Childhood (PK3-PK4)Elementary (K-5)Secondary (6-12)Meals

How much do meals cost?

Meals will be free for all DC youth ages 18 and younger and DC Public School students participating in in-person learning programing through June 30, 2021.

For students enrolled at non-CEP schools, Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) applications must be completed every school year to determine your student’s eligibility for FARM benefits. Families that believe they may qualify for FARM benefits are still encouraged to apply online now at www.myschoolapps.com/Application, in person at a meal pick-up site, or at their local school to prevent any disruption in meal service and qualification for any additional benefits.

Early Childhood (PK3-PK4)Elementary (K-5)Secondary (6-12)Meals

What do meals consist of?

Breakfast and lunch meals will meet the USDA Child Nutrition meal pattern requirements based on each program. Meals consist of an entrée, fruit serving and/or vegetable serving, and a milk. If a student requires dietary accommodations, please contact DCPS Food & Nutrition Services at dietary.forms@k12.dc.gov, or request the dietary accommodations form from staff at any open meal site.

Early Childhood (PK3-PK4)Elementary (K-5)Secondary (6-12)Meals

How do youth ages 18 and younger get meals?

DC youth ages 18 and younger may receive up to three breakfast and lunch meals daily at one of the 47 school locations. Parents/guardians are welcome to pick up a meal packs on behalf of youth. To ensure the safety of other meal site attendees and staff please follow guidelines outlined by the Mayor’s Office and DC Health regarding coronavirus when visiting meal site locations.

Early Childhood (PK3-PK4)Elementary (K-5)Secondary (6-12)Meals

Who is eligible to receive meals through a DCPS Meal Site?

Any DC youth, ages 18 and under can receive free breakfast and lunch meals at DCPS meal sites through June 30th 2021.

Early Childhood (PK3-PK4)Elementary (K-5)Secondary (6-12)Meals