Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is a federal program designed to provide food support to families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals and missed school for COVID-related absences. It can help families pay for food when students are absent from school due to a COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in collaboration with the Department of Human Services (DHS), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures for school year 2021-22.
TO BE ELIGIBLE A STUDENT MUST... 1. Qualify for free and reduced priced meal, AND 2. Have been absent from school due to COVID-19 isolation/quarantine.
**Benefits are allowed only on planned school calendar days. Benefits are not allowed on weekends or holidays.
For students whose instruction choice was in-person, the households can contact the Lonoke School District at (501) 676-2042 and complete the Arkansas Parent-Initiated P-EBT Application. The school district will verify the absences, approve the application, and submit the student’s information to DESE. DESE will provide a file for DHS to process the benefit.
RETURN APPLICATIONS TO:
Elen Smith 401 W. Holly St. Lonoke, AR 72086
Anticipated timeline: June 23, 2022 – July 29, 2022 For a household to complete the application process and submit to the district. If you have questions or need help, contact Elen Smith, CND at (501)676-2042.
Paper applications may also be picked up in the front office of your child's school. If you choose to fill out the application on paper, please return it to Elen Smith at the LPSD Administration office by the deadline - July 29, 2022.