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    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Food Benefits 

    Eligible families will be automatically mailed a P-EBT card with funds to purchase food while traditional breakfast and lunch services are not being provided in schools.  P-EBT cards can be used to purchase food anywhere that accepts EBT - even farmers markets or online at Amazon or Walmart. 

    Families will want to keep the card that is issued for each of their children.  The first issuance will include benefits from September 2020 through January 2021.  Additional benefits will be added later in the year.  Families are encouraged to continue to participate in the districts Grab-n-Go meal program even if they receive P-EBT benefits.

    The USDA has extended P-EBT meal benefits for summer 2021.  Eligible children will have an additional $375 in benefits added to their P-EBT cards.

    Download the Pandemic EBT for School Year 2020-21 Flyer (PDF): English | Espanol

    To learn more about Pandemic-EBT, go to or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833-518-0282.

    Summer Meals at SPS School Sites

    Nutritious meals are available to all children 18 years old and younger from June 21st - August 20th: please visit our student meals webpage to learn more about meal sites, serving times and menu. 

    School Menu Highlights

    • A greater focus on fruits and vegetables at breakfast.
    • More whole-grain rich items.
    • Meals contain less sodium.

    Read more about current year food selection and meal highlights on our menus webpage.

    Free and Reduced Price School Meals

    We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online. You can find translated copies of the application on our Free and Reduced Price Meal webpage.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Online Application

    Paying for School Meals

    There is a variety of ways to pay for school meals including giving a check or cash to the school's lunchroom manager. You can also pay online by creating an account on PayPams. You will need your student's ID number or meal account pin number to set up an account. The Student ID number can be found on report cards or by accessing The Source. Read more about payment options for school meals.

    Pay for School Meals Online

    Catering and Kitchen Use

    In order for us to properly plan and prepare each order, we have established guidelines for catering and community kitchen use. These guidelines apply to district and non-district activities at school locations and the JSCEE. Read the Catering and Kitchen Use Guidelines.

    Programs for Schools with Vulnerable Populations

    Seattle Public Schools has several special programs based on school community demographics. Programs, such as Community Eligibility Provision, are intended to support vulnerable students and their families. Read more about these special programs for designated schools.

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    Contact us

    Contact Nutrition Services Department and find additional department resources

    Staff Resources

    The USDA Smart Snack List and Catering Request Form and Contract are available on the staff website.