Many Dearborn Schools families will soon receive additional food benefits through the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Michigan is one of the first states to adopt a new pandemic SNAP benefit program that will provide extra food assistance to families who, due to the pandemic, lost access to free lunch and breakfast at schools.
Families are eligible for $376.20 per student for the time period covering from March until school would have dismissed in June.
Parents who already have EBT cards for SNAP will see the extra amount added in installments to their card.
Families who did not already participate in the program may receive mail soon about how to participate in the program.
SNAP is administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The school district is not involved with the benefits.
Dearborn Public Schools offered free lunch and breakfast to all kindergarten to 12th grade students under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the U.S.D.A. School Lunch Program. Because all of our students were eligible to participate in the free meals, all are now eligible for the pandemic SNAP benefits under the current program guidelines.
This program does not replace or reduce the free grab and go meals currently being provided to students. Families can continue to pick up bags with free breakfast and lunch for every child under 18 in the home. Those pickups are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at seven Dearborn Schools and provide meals for multiple days at each pick up. Please see our previous food distribution article to learn more.
For more details, please see the Pandemic SNAP Benefits flyer.