Oregon to provide over 351,000 children with benefits to replace the meals they get at school

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DHS to provide Oregon P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to more than 351,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Oregon, including almost 147,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.

Eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts in late May. Students who get free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail.

Read the full ODE article here.

Additional information for Salem Keizer families is outlined below.

  1. If the family is already qualified to receive free or reduced meals at school, they do not need to do anything further. They will automatically be included in the benefits. If they are not sure, they can contact food services to verify that they are qualified. The phone number is 503-399-3169 and you can click here to email.
  2. If a family is not already qualified for free or reduced meals at school, we would like to them apply online ASAP. Here is the link: https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ . Paper applications are always an option but they would need to physically get to food services and that may take a long time in the current situation.

As always, if you have additional questions, call the school office at 503-399-3080.