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Food Service Meal Availability Update

Breakfast and Lunch will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am to 12pm for all children 18 years and younger. You will receive 2-3 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch items each day. 
 
Due to Election Day on Tuesday, June 2, we will be serving on Monday, June 1 and Thursday, June 4th between 10-12 for that week only.  We will resume our normal Tuesday and Thursday meal service on Tuesday June 9th
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is now issuing Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, also known as P-EBT. P-EBT benefits will be provided to families of school-aged children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-priced meals if it were not for school closures. Please see directions below on how to apply for the Free and Reduced benefits.
 
Families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast for each day school was closed. That means a family will receive the benefit amount of $5.70 for each school-aged child in their family for each day school has been closed since March 16, 2020, if the student was eligible for free or reduced-price meals prior to school closures. For purposes of P-EBT calculations, June 12, 2020, is being used as the last day of the school year because it is the most common date that school ends for Commonwealth students. 
 
Below is a breakdown of the number of days students will receive benefits if they were determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals on or after March 16, 2020: 
 
  • Eligible on or before March 31, 2020 – benefit for March 16 through June 12 (65 days) 
  • Eligible April 1 through April 30 – benefit for April 1 through June 12 (53 days) 
  • Eligible May 1 through May 31 – benefit for May 1 through June 12 (31 days) 
  • Eligible June 1 through June 12 – benefit for June 1 through June 12 (10 days)
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide the necessary information for all free and reduced eligible school-aged children. DHS will issue the P-EBT card to the households. 
  • For families with school-aged children currently directly certified through SNAP or TANF, the P-EBT benefit amount will be loaded on their existing SNAP or TANF EBT card. 
 
  • Families directly certified through medical assistance with qualifying income who do not otherwise have an EBT card issued through DHS and families of school-aged children that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through income or categorical eligibility will receive an EBT card specifically and solely for this purpose. 
 
Please consider applying for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, you may be eligible! You will receive free or reduced meals for at least the first 30 serving days of the 20-21SY (must reapply after August 1 and before October 14th to receive benefits for the entire school year unless provided notice of being on Direct Certification for the 20-21SY).   
 
Please use one of the following methods to apply: 
 
Online: (Faster and more direct applications)
https://www.schoolcafe.com/ (Available in: English, Spanish and Chinese)
 
Paper Application: 
 
 
Please email paper applications to dcarden@umtsd.org, or mail to Upper Moreland Food Services, 2900 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
If you have any questions regarding the Free and Reduced application process, please email dcarden@umtsd.org or rmongiello@umtsd.org.   
 
Sincerely, 
 
Randi Mongiello, RD, LDN
Food Service Director
Upper Moreland Township School District