Highland Food Services Department
Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer approved in Colorado
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) created the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to provide nutritional resources to households that are losing access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures in Colorado in response to COVID-19. The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), received approval from USDA on May 18 to administer the P-EBT program. Households participating in the P-EBT program will receive an EBT card with the value of the free school breakfast and lunch reimbursement rates for the days schools are closed. Each eligible household will receive an extra benefit of $5.70 per child per closed school day.
The P-EBT program is a resource to support individuals and households impacted by the public health crisis. While the program is intended to assist with the cost of meals lost as a result of school closures, it does not replace grab-and-go meals from school sites. Households are encouraged to use both resources. CDHS and CDE are working to provide further guidance regarding next steps for how families can apply for the P-EBT program. For more information visit the Food Research and Action Center P-EBT website.
For questions, please contact email@example.com.If you need access to meals for students during the summer, please see resources below:Hunger Free Hotline/ línea directa sin hambre : 1-855-855-4626(Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)Text 'food' to 877-877 (Envía "comida" al 877-877)
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Food Services Director
Application for Free & Reduced School Meals
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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