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Can my child still get their free school meals with all of New Jersey’s schools closed?

Last Updated: 05/12/2020

To ensure no child goes hungry during this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education is working with school officials to continue distributing free meals for eligible students.

Check with your local school district to learn how they are distributing free meals for students in your community.

In addition, special Pandemic-EBT benefits will be provided to recipients of the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with children who normally receive free or reduced-price school meals.

Families will receive $416.10 for each eligible student for nutritional support during the time that schools have been closed during the pandemic. No application is necessary to receive this benefit.

Eligible students already participating in SNAP will receive the Pandemic-EBT on their household's existing Families First card. All other Pandemic-EBT eligible households will be mailed a P-EBT card. Benefits are expected to be issued no later than June.

Families in need of food, cash, or other assistance, can learn about what programs are available and how to apply at New Jersey's official COVID-19 website.

To find a food bank in your community, refer to this directory.

Source: https://www.state.nj.us/education/topics/COVID19%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions%20(FAQ)%20Related%20to%20School%20Emergency%20Preparedness%20Plans.pdf; https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200511d.shtml