ATTENTION: CO-OP DIRECTORS;
SUPERINTENDENTS; CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS; BUSINESS MANAGERS
The purpose of this memo
is to inform local Districts of the approval of the 2021-22 Arkansas State Pandemic
EBT (P-EBT) Plan by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provide
guidance for the implementation of the plan at the local level. The State Plan is a joint effort between the Arkansas Department of Education
(ADE) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). P-EBT
benefits assist families by providing reimbursement for meals provided to
children when students were absent from school due to a COVID related
isolation/quarantine during the 2021-22 school year.
The State’s plan provides P-EBT benefits to
SNAP and non-SNAP households with children who temporarily lost access to free
or reduced-price school meals due to a COVID related isolation/quarantine. This
plan will provide P-EBT benefits to students who: 1)
qualify for free or reduced meal benefit and 2) were absent from school due to
a COVID related isolation/quarantine. Students will qualify to receive P-EBT benefits
if the answer is yes to both statement #1 and statement #2. Parents should contact their child’s school, to
complete an Arkansas Parent Initiated P-EBT Application, because the student
qualifies for P-EBT benefits at a rate of $7.10 per day/days absent, due to a
COVID related isolation/ quarantine.
Please follow this flowchart to find out if your child qualifies for P-EBT benefits.