Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Benefits
This fall, the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services issued Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits for the 2020-2021 school year – click here for DHS' P-EBT information and FAQ.
These benefits were provided to school-aged students in Georgia based on two factors:
- SY 2020-2021 school closures for a minimum of five consecutive days due to COVID-19
- Student economic data from approved USDA Free & Reduced National School Meals based on either an approved meal application, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility, or categorical-based migrant or homeless status
While the Georgia Department of Education partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Free & Reduced eligibility data, GaDOE does not administer the program and is not able to verify the status of students' benefits. If you need to confirm that your child was on the Free & Reduced meals eligibility list during the 2020-2021 school year, please contact your child's school. Additional P-EBT program eligibility questions should be directed to the
DHS P-EBT hotline: 855-501-Info (4636).
School Nutrition in the News!
Cherokee County Celebrates School Nutrition Hero Week
In honor of School Nutrition Hero Day on Friday, May 6, Cherokee County School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer organized a district-wide event to celebrate her school nutrition staff’s accomplishments and thank them for all their dedication. To the delight of the students, Farmer and her staff were dressed for the occasion in superhero masks and capes.
Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower and School Nutrition State Director Dr. Linette Dodson were on site at Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy as guest “superhero servers” to join in on the fun. Dr. Dodson served coleslaw and strawberries on the line, while Dr. Hightower proved to be a tremendous supporter of School Nutrition as he encouraged the students to make their plates colorful with fruits and vegetables.
At Clark Creek, they are on a mission of “Building the Future…One Student at a Time.” A critical part of that mission is making sure each child has access to quality school meals. The school nutrition staff serves approximately 400 breakfasts and 800 lunches to their kindergarten through fifth grade students every day. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Win-Win with Great Promise Partnership
Great Promise Partnership (GPP) is an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Department (CTAE). GPP is the work-based learning placement for students in danger of not graduating, providing an educational opportunity that allows students to receive on-the-job training and life skills. Not only will this program help these students gain transferable skills while earning a much-needed paycheck, but it will also help with developing a workforce pipeline for your school nutrition program. Click here to read a letter from Dr. Dodson and detail about GPP.
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