Food Service Provisions

USDA PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER
 
Because our campus has been closed, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals are now eligible to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Through the P-EBT program, each eligible child in the household will receive $5.70 per day for each day of the month in which school was cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

Food Services Program Update as of March 20, 2020

 

In consideration of recent changes surrounding the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Granada Hills Charter (GHC) is directing families to the surrounding community locations where free meals may be obtained.

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR STUDENTS

 

More than 100 Grab-and-Go Food Centers have opened across the Los Angeles area at both public charter AND traditional public school sites.  An interactive map of all locations can be accessed here. The Grab-and-Go Food Centers are serving free meals to students who attend traditional public, charter public and private schools, among others.  Each child under 18 years of age can take home two free and nutritious meals.

 

The following location is closest to Granada Hills Charter (GHC) and serves meals from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays only:

  • Our Community School: 10045 Jumilla Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
 
In addition, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in collaboration with the Red Cross has opened the following food centers near GHC from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday:
  • Chatsworth Charter High School: 10027 Lurline Ave., Chatsworth 91311
  • Kennedy High School: 11254 Gothic Ave., Granada Hills 91344
  • Porter Middle School: 15960 Kingsbury St., Granada Hills 91344
  • Sepulveda Middle School: 15330 Plummer St., North Hills 91343
 
Additional locations throughout the Los Angeles area as well as an interactive map of Grab and Go Food Centers can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions about P-EBT
 
Question: How does P-EBT work for students attending schools that are providing meals through a Provision such as Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2?
Answer: For the purposes of P-EBT, all students who attend a Provision school are considered eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. If a student is directly certified, they do not need to apply for P-EBT and will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail. If a student is not directly certified and does not receive a P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, their parent or legal guardian can apply for P-EBT online. The P-EBT online application opens on May 22 at: ca.p-ebt.org
 
Question: Will younger siblings of students attending a Provision school be eligible for P-EBT?Answer: Only school-aged children who attend a school that participates in the NSLP or SBP are eligible for P-EBT benefits.
 
Question: Can school districts continue to process applications for free or reduced-price school meals?
Answer: Yes. If a family’s socio-economic status has changed, they may apply for free or reduced-price school meals. If determined eligible, the family may also apply for P-EBT.
 
Question: If an eligible family completes a paper or online application on or after March 16 (the average date of school closures statewide used for P-EBT purposes), are their children eligible for P-EBT?
Answer: Yes. If a family submits a school meal application on or after March 16 and they are determined eligible, this family can apply for and receive P-EBT benefits for their school-aged children.
 
Question: If a student is determined eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals through direct certification on or after March 16, is the student eligible for P-EBT?
Answer: Yes. If a student is directly certified for free or reduced-price meals on or after March 16, this student will automatically receive P-EBT benefits. The date the P-EBT card arrives in the mail and the amount of P-EBT benefit issued depends on the date the student is directly certified.
 
Question: How will P-EBT benefits be calculated for a student that was determined eligible for free or reduced-price school meals based on an application at the start of the school year, but was then recently (e.g. on or after March 16) directly certified for free or reduced-price school meals?
Answer: In this scenario, the P-EBT eligible family should submit a P-EBT application online. The family will receive the full P-EBT benefit amount of $365 per child.
 
Question: If a family has a toddler and receives CalFresh, is the toddler eligible for P-EBT?Answer: P-EBT eligibility is based on an individual student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals offered through the SBP or NSLP. Only those children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attending a school that participates in the SBP or NSLP are eligible for P-EBT.
 
Question: Are children who attend kindergarten or preschool eligible for P-EBT?
Answer: P-EBT eligibility is based on an individual student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals offered through the SBP or NSLP. Only those children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attending a school that participates in the SBP or NSLP are eligible for P-EBT.
 
Question: Are children participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program eligible for P-EBT?
Answer: No. P-EBT eligibility is based on an individual student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals offered through the SBP or NSLP. Only those children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attending a school that participates in the SBP or NSLP are eligible for P-EBT.
 
Question: Do school districts need to take any action to determine P-EBT eligibility, such as confirming families were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the school year?
Answer: No. School districts are not required to verify eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals.  School districts are asked to assist with outreach to eligible families to ensure that P-EBT benefits reach needy families in their communities.If a family submits a FRPM application, districts should continue to accept and process applications and update student eligibility information in CALPADS to ensure that eligible children receive P-EBT benefits.
 
Question: Are students who are experiencing homelessness and receiving free or reduced-price school meals through the McKinney-Vento act eligible for P-EBT?
Answer: Yes, these students are directly certified for free school meals and are eligible for P-EBT.  If a student is directly certified they do not need to apply for P-EBT and will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22.
 
Contact Information
For more information about P-EBT, you may visit the CDSS P-EBT webpage at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt.For updated information about COVID-19 emergency feeding, please visit the CDE COVID-19 School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals webpage at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/schoolmeals.asp. This page is updated each Friday with new information.