Due to school closures last school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, District families with a child or children who usually get free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program are eligible for temporary food benefits in place of the school meals.
These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT and the state has determined that the value of missed meals equals $324.90 per child for the months of March, April, May, and June. However, families whose children that receive free or reduced school meals but do not participate in programs such as FoodShare, BadgerCare, FDPIR or W2 must apply by July 31 to receive the benefit.
The benefits are issued on a family's existing QUEST card, which is used for FoodShare benefits), or they are mailed a card with the benefits preloaded.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced that more than 50,000 children have yet to receive these benefits.