School Nutrition in the News!
A Back to School Welcome from Dr. Linette Dodson
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
For the school year 2022-2023, school districts are requesting all families to complete and submit a Free and Reduced Meal Application to be considered for school meal benefits. For information about your school district, please contact your local School Nutrition Program.
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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).
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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