• FOOD SERVICES STAFF AT TRAINING - SPOKANE WA (July 25-27, 2022)

    The staff just came back from training where they had fun and learned a lot about how to improve the service of meals to students (our customers) at the Toppenish School District.

    Cooks Group PictureFood Display SampleSelfie during the working dinnerCooks selfie with the training staff

     

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    Update: P-EBT FOR FAMILIES APPROVED

    P-EBT Summer and Children Under 6 Plans Approved!

    Thanks to federal COVID-19 relief funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many families in Washington state will start to receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits beginning late-July and through the end of the summer. These benefits will help buy groceries while children are home during the summer months. 

    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits are available to families with young children who are eligible for Basic Food benefits as well as school-aged children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meal programs, OR under Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP). The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and will not impact immigration status.

    Families are Encouraged to Sign Up for Up-To-Date Information

    Families can sign up for text message alerts about the status of their child’s P-EBT by going to textpebt.dshs.wa.gov. All they have to do is fill out a simple verification form to enroll.

    Families Can Still Access Summer Meals

    P-EBT benefits do not replace any food assistance program already offered, including free summer meals or meals provided in child care centers. Families are encouraged to continue participating in a summer meal program at their local schools and community locations, even if they receive P-EBT benefits.

    P-EBT benefits can be used to shop at any grocery store, farmers market, or food retailer certified to accept SNAP/EBT. 

     

    P-EBT Plan Information

    The Children Under 6 and Summer 2022 P-EBT programs will be available as follows:

    • P-EBT Children Under 6 program: Qualifying children under age 6 who live in a household that receives Basic Food benefits (the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Washington state’s Food Assistance Program) may receive $43 for each month they received Basic Food assistance from September 2021 – June 2022.
    • Summer 2022 P-EBT program: Qualifying children under age 6 as well as school-aged children will receive a one-time lump sum of $391 per child to cover the summer period through July and August 2022. School-aged children enrolled in Washington state schools that operate the NSLP who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals are eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits. Children under 6 will receive benefits under this plan as long as they receive Basic Food assistance during July and August.
    • These benefits are separate from a P-EBT 2021-2022 School Year program, which has not been approved by USDA at this time. 

     

    P-EBT Contact Center

    For full details and additional questions about P-EBT benefits, families can visit dshs.wa.gov/PEBT or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 833-518-0282 between 8 am and 5 pm PT, Monday-Friday (except observed holidays).

  • No Cost Meals
    No-cost breakfast and lunch will be served to students again this year under the Community Eligible Program /USDA. Snacks are provided to students who participate in after-school educational programs at no cost. This is a benefit for all our children.

    The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
    The Toppenish School District Food Service Department is happy to announce the following schools have been awarded the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program again this year, 2021-22:  Kirkwood Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Valley View Elementary.  

    The purpose of the program is to:
    • Create a healthier school environment by providing healthy food choices.
    • Expand the variety of produce students consume.
    • Increase students' produce consumption.
    • Make a difference in students' diets to impact their present and future health.

    The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will be offered to all students at these four schools every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, except during holidays, early release days, and conference week.


    For more information you may contact Nora Flores, Food Services Director at 865-8093 or nflores@toppenish.wednet.edu.