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Food support is available for the summer

There are options available for families in our community seeking food assistance this summer. The purpose of these programs is to make meals available to all area children who may otherwise not eat properly or often enough.

SLP Schools Summer 2020 meals program

Spring Lake Park Schools' Nutrition Services Department will continue participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program for the 10th consecutive year. Breakfast and lunch is provided at no cost to all children ages 1-18. The program is based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Here are additional details about the program:

  • No application required; not limited to Spring Lake Park School's students
  • Pickup will be curbside as it has been throughout the COVID-19 situation and will include a lunch and a breakfast
  • Spring Lake Park High School
    • 1100 81st Avenue NE
    • Door # 32
    • Monday-Thursday*
    • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • *Thursday pickups include breakfast and lunch for both Thursday and Friday. A weekend pack is also provided by the Panther Foundation

For more information, contact Amy Kimmel, Nutrition Services Coordinator, at 763-600-5040 or akimme@district16.org.

Apply by July 31 for Pandemic EBT to help pay for food

Need some help paying for groceries? Minnesota is offering funds for families of children ages 5-18 who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. The new program is called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).

Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $325 per child on an existing active EBT card or a newly requested P-EBT card. These funds are to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals.

The deadline to apply for this program has been extended to July 31. Second Harvest Heartland can also help with application assistance. Families can visit 2harvest.org/SNAP or call 651-209-7963 (toll-free 1-844-764-5513) to see if you are eligible for assistance. Learn more at mn.p-ebt.org.

  • The online application is available at https://mn.p-ebt.org/en/
  • DHS has received approval from USDA to expand the P-EBT program to children in Pre-K. Eligibility is as follows:
    • The Pre-K student must have been enrolled in a district Pre-K program that were receiving free/reduced school lunch prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Minnesota has also extended P-EBT to provide an additional food benefit through the summer. This program is known as Summer P-EBT and will issue a one-time benefit of $100 per child. These benefits will be issued in August. There are two ways to qualify for this program:
    1. Families with children ages 3-18 that were on SNAP or MFIP from 03/18/2020 – 07/31/2020 will automatically receive this benefit on their current EBT card.
    2. Families that apply and qualify for the $325 per child P-EBT benefits will also automatically receive these additional funds on their P-EBT card. 

As a reminder, families with children ages 5-18 (age 5 by 09/01/19) that were receiving SNAP or MFIP on March 18 already had their P-EBT benefits issued to their existing MN EBT card. These clients do NOT need to apply for P-EBT benefits, unless they had a child enrolled in a Pre-K program and was receiving free/reduced lunch. Then they will need to apply online to receive P-EBT benefits for that child.