RCPS School Nutrition
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School Meals at No Charge for All Children
September 14th, 2020
Effective immediately, Rappahannock County Public Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge through December 31, 2020. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19. This is effective starting September 1st so any student that paid for full price or reduced priced meals will be reimbursed to their lunch account.
The new school year requires a new meal application. Although school meals will be provided free to all children, school funding depends on completed meal applications. A new meal application must be completed if you have not already been notified that your student is approved for free meals. It is important to submit a completed meal application as soon as possible.
Only one meal application is needed for each household.
Applications are available online, attached in the form section in the left toolbar, and inside each school office
Meals are available to all children including those learning in-person or virtually and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
For information regarding meal distribution please call Amanda Butler at 540-227-0023.
Our Local Wellness Policy will be assessed and updated by June 2021. More information on participation opportunities coming soon.
PARTICIPATION IN PANDEMIC-EBT FOR ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
WASHINGTON, Va. –
Rappahannock County Public Schools (RCPS) today announced it is participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program as part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) (FFCRA) authorized a temporary food assistance program for households with children affected by school closures during the nationwide public health emergency. The Food and Nutrition Service accepted state plans for the P-EBT program and, pursuant to the authority granted under the FFCRA, FNS approved Virginia’s P-EBT operational plan in late April.
Summary of State Plan
The VDSS will issue P-EBT benefits to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and to non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, through Virginia’s SNAP EBT card system. The VDSS, in conjunction with the VDOE and local school divisions, will identify eligible children in both SNAP and non-SNAP households. Households do not have to apply for P-EBT. If a student was eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school before the school closure, the student will be included in the file of eligible students provided to VDSS. If a school participated in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and all students received school meals at no cost, all students enrolled in the CEP school will also be included in the file of eligible students provided to VDSS.
Purpose of the P-EBT
The purpose of the P-EBT food purchasing assistance benefit is to supplement existing food assistance and nutrition programs for low-income households during the pandemic. It does not replace meals provided through the school programs operating during unexpected closures or the summer meal programs that will begin when the school year is over. Students and families who receive P-EBT should also continue to participate in other food assistance programs, such as RCPS meals that can be picked up or delivered on Mondays. Please call/text the meal access hotline at 540-671-0153 or email Amanda Butler at email@example.com to sign up. To find additional locations for school and summer meal distribution, parents and guardians should text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
*Please see our "Forms" folder for more information.
We gladly partner with Commit to Be Fit to source local, healthy food along with nutrition education. For more information on Commit to Be Fit please visit their webpage.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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