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Meal Assistance While Schools are Closed
Applications Due for Emergency School Meals Program
Posted on 06/16/2020
Applications Due for Emergency School Meals Program

Because COVID-19 closed schools, your child(ren) may be eligible for food assistance, through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. The application deadline is August 31, 2020 or before the start of the 2020-2021 school year-whichever is later. 

If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling Nutrition Services at (253) 841-8773.

Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed while schools closed due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.

If your family does not receive Basic Food, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds.There are two ways to apply:

See the attached flyer for more information about P-EBT.

We want to make sure all students stay healthy and grow strong.