New Program Aids Eligible CCSD Students and Families in Need

Albertsons has designated Tuesday and Thursday early morning hours for seniors, pregnant woman and others with respiratory and other conditions.
Albertsons has designated Tuesday and Thursday early morning hours for seniors, pregnant woman and others with respiratory and other conditions.

Food-Assistance Program Offers Help to Families with Students Who Qualify for Free and Reduced School Lunch

In the face of economic uncertainty introduced by the coronavirus pandemic, Wyoming has implemented a new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to assist families with children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school during the summer months, according to a May 21 release from the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS), the agency overseeing disbursements.

The P-EBT program provides temporary assistance for households affected by school closures during the pandemic and is available to Wyoming children who were receiving free or reduced lunch at the time of school closures due to COVID 19. Each qualified student may be eligible.

P-EBT benefits are based on the average Wyoming school closure date of 50 days missed due to COVID-19, DFS said last week. Using the daily P-EBT rate of $5.70 per child, the disbursement equals a total of $285 per child.

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DFS is working with the Wyoming Department of Education and local school districts to verify eligibility under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), per the release. This includes the Campbell County School District (CCSD), but excludes Wyoming’s three non-NSLP districts, including Niobrara, Sheridan and Park.

P-EBT benefits can not be pro-rated and children must be eligible for NSLP free or reduced lunch at the time of school closure to be eligible, which are are issued on the same EBT card on which SNAP benefits are issued, and are for households currently on SNAP or that have an active Wyoming EBT card.

Parents and guardians of eligible children must apply for P-EBT by Wednesday, June 3. For more information, contact DFS Program Analyst Valerie Blair at valerie.blair@wyo.gov or (307) 332-4038, ext. 24.