Update from the Virginia Department of Social Services about P-EBT benefits
This is an update regarding questions we have received about summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has recently learned and made us aware that many households did not receive summer P-EBT benefits due to a card processing error. VDSS has informed us that affected households will be issued a new P-EBT card and that all cards should be received no later than September 30.
If you recently received a P-EBT card that is not working, VDSS has advised that a replacement card is already on the way and that you do not need to take any action to report your invalid card. VDSS has identified the households affected by this error, and they have asked that you do not contact the P-EBT call center to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of benefits.
We understand this delay has been frustrating and want to assure you that we are in communication with VDSS to ensure the issue is fixed as quickly as possible. Schools are not able to provide answers to your P-EBT questions. Please visit PEBTVA.com for the latest information and guidance concerning P-EBT.
Minutes With Merv videos provide fast facts to help #oneCCPS parents. This video focuses on free and reduced-price school meals.
Food and Nutrition Services team members are partners in education, contributing to a successful academic experience for students through an innovative, nutritious and cost efficient program that encourages a lifetime of good nutrition. The program adheres to the United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
School meal Prices
- Breakfast in all schools: $1.75
- Elementary school lunch: $2.80
- Middle school lunch: $3
- High school lunch: $3
- Adult breakfast: $2.75
- Adult lunch: $4.25
Free/reduced-price school meals
During the pandemic, the federal government issued a waiver allowing all children to eat for free at school. This meant the application for free or reduced-price meals was not required during this time. However, the federal waiver expired on June 30, 2022, and families must now complete an application to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-23 school year. All others will pay for meals as they did before the pandemic. Complete the free or reduced price meal application for the 2022-23 school year here in English or here in Spanish. If you need a paper form, contact [email protected].
Note: children who attend schools that qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision will receive free meals at school during the 2022-23 school year and do not need to complete a free or reduced price meal application. Read below to see a list of schools that are part of this program.
Community Eligibility Provision
Some Chesterfield schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This program serves schools in economically disadvantaged areas, and allows all students enrolled at these schools to eat breakfast and lunch each day for free. Families with students attending these schools are not required to submit a free or reduced meal application form.
These schools qualify for CEP:
- Falling Creek
- Jacobs Road
- Marguerite Christian
- Reams Road
- Salem Church
- Falling Creek
- Salem Church
- Carver College and Career Academy
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
Food and Nutrition Services offers a Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program at Bellwood, Bensley, Chalkley, Ettrick, Falling Creek and Harrowgate elementary schools. They offer a fresh fruit and vegetable snack to students 4-5 days a week in school.
The information provided in the documents below are student and parent handouts reflecting some of the fruits and vegetables that are offered. The students handouts give nutrition information and some interesting facts about the fruits and vegetables. The parent’s handouts include a recipe and information about how to select and store the fruit and vegetable when purchasing from the store.
The goal of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is to:
- Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food opportunities and education
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health
Snacks will be eaten in the classroom, along with fun and educational information led by school staff. Children will be encouraged to try the fruit or vegetable snack of the day, but they may choose to not participate if they do not like or cannot eat the fruit or vegetable offered. Please encourage your child to participate in the snack, as this is a great way to show students healthy food choices that are both familiar and new!
- Parent Handouts
- Student Handouts
Are you tired of writing checks or searching every morning for cash to pay for your child’s lunch? MySchoolBucks.com can help. There are many benefits to this website, which is secured through Verisign.
- Decrease the chance of your child running out of breakfast or lunch money
- Eliminate the need to send lunch money daily or weekly
- Deduct from your credit card or debit card automatically or by request depending on which method you prefer
- Enable you to check your child’s account for the past seven days to see what they are eating and have purchased
- Allow you to place limits on how your child may spend the money in his or her account. We recommend setting a daily spending limit rather than a weekly spending limit.
- Let you check payment history with MySchoolBucks.com
- Notify you by e-mail when your child’s account balance drops to a certain level.
How does MySchoolBucks.com work?
First, you need a computer with Internet access. Go to MySchoolBucks.com and follow the on-screen direction. We encourage a $10 minimum payment. Once your account is set or a payment is made, it will take up to 1 hour for the account to show updates. If there are any problems with MySchoolBucks.com parents can call 1-800-479-3531 and select option 5 to speak with a representative.
Use MySchoolBucks.com to make EASY lunch payments for your child!
Call 1-855-832-5226 or visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to enroll in this convenient, free service!
Other helpful links.
In an effort to curb the cost and time our district expends each year in returned checks, Food and Nutrition Services has contracted with Envision Payment Solutions. A $50 fee is charged for each returned check, plus the value of the check. If you have any questions, please call at 1-855-832-5226.
Office of Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
N Chesterfield, VA 23237