P-EBT Benefit Update December 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are rolling out this week to Alabama children who participate in the National School Lunch Program.

The benefits will help feed an estimated 500,000 children enrolled in the program, which provides free and reduced-price meals at school. The benefits cover the summer months retroactively, since new applications were accepted through August and had to be processed by local schools and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

Families with students who received P-EBT benefits previously for the 2020-21 school year can access the new funds on their existing EBT cards. Those who are new to the National School Lunch Program will receive cards in the mail within 20 days. Recipients should keep their cards in case additional benefits are added in the future.

All children enrolled in the National School Lunch Program are automatically eligible for the benefits. The benefits can be used to purchase SNAP-eligible food items at stores that accept EBT cards.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) oversees the distribution of P-EBT with assistance from ALSDE. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) administers the program at the federal level.

“No child should ever have to worry about his or her next meal,” said Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. “These benefits will offer financial relief to countless families to help reduce the risk of child hunger. We are eager to build upon our successful partnership with USDA-FNS, ALSDE and our advocates as we deliver these important resources to Alabama’s children.”

DHR also announced that all requests for benefit adjustments related to misreported learning plan data for the 2020-21 school year have been addressed as of Nov. 1. Any requests for corrections submitted to ALSDE after Nov. 1 will be processed at a later date.

Support specialists are available to answer questions about P-EBT by phone at 1-800-410-5827 and online atdhr.alabama.gov/food-​assistance/ from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cherokee County Schools to Provide Meals to Those 18 and Under at No Cost for SY 21-22

Cherokee County Schools will be using a waiver granted by the USDA to provide breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to those 18 and under for the 2021-2022 school year. If you think you qualify for free or reduced meal benefits and have not submitted your online or paper meal application, please do so as soon as possible so that the proper eligibility status will be on file should the waiver not be extended and so that our percentages of free and reduced students are accurate. Throughout the pandemic, P-EBT cards have been sent out to households receiving free and reduced meals from DHR and you must have a current application on file to qualify for future benefits so get those paper or online applications in! To fill out your meal application online, please visit www.myschoolapps.com.

Information Hotline for P-EBT Questions

Have a question about P-EBT? Call the P-EBT customer service hotline at 1-800-410-5827or live chat with a specialist by clicking the red tab at the bottom of this page. Support specialists are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Health Inspection Scores

Cedar Bluff-92 Centre Elementary-97 Centre Middle School-93 Cherokee County High School-96 Gaylesville-97 Sand Rock-99 Spring Garden-97

School Breakfast-Starting the Day off Right!

Did you know that every school cafeteria in our system offers a healthy and nutritious breakfast each school day? Schools serve from 7:20 AM until 7:40 AM and offer healthy options to students so that their minds are fueled up for the day’s educational experience. With hot and cold options available, even picky eaters can find something that they enjoy. Breakfast is available through the Seamless Summer Option at no charge to all students! Menus include items such as sausage biscuit or pancakes and each meal includes a fruit, juice, and milk choice. Cereal choices and cereal bars are also available to offer variety. The Child Nutrition Program has been working on creative ways to increase student breakfast participation. At Gaylesville, the entire campus is participating in Breakfast in the Classroom. Manager Debra Parker wanted to try this option to encourage more students to eat breakfast. Administrator Scott Hays has been vital in working with the CNP staff and the program is thriving! Because of their successful implementation and the support of faculty, students, and parents, every student receives a breakfast at no charge regardless of meal eligibility status. Breakfast in the Classroom has been proven to reduce nurse visits, improve behavior, lessen absenteeism and tardiness, and improve test scores. Teachers and students enjoy breakfast together and students do not have to travel to and from the cafeteria. Kuddos to everyone at Gaylesville High School for understanding the importance of a healthy breakfast to start the day! At Sand Rock, CNP Manager Sarah Battles wanted to find a way to get breakfast to the students in the 3rd-6th Grade Building without them having to travel the distance to the cafeteria. With the support of administrator, Mr. Ben East, the Grab and Go Breakfast Program was born! Sarah travels down to the building each day with various Grab and Go options that the students can easily access. Students can eat together outside on nice days and there is a contingency plan that allows them to eat inside if it is cold or rainy. A mobile computer kiosk allows Sarah to record meals and enables students to have access to their meal accounts. Sarah makes sure that a smiling face is the first thing the students see and the program is growing. Back in the cafeteria, the rest of the CNP staff is working hard to get a hot meal in the hands of students who prefer that option. What a great idea to encourage healthy eating habits! Each school in the county has CNP staff who arrive early in order to make sure that our students have access to breakfast and who work hard to find new ways to improve our breakfast program. Various sites have been trying options to best meet the needs of our valuable customers- the students of Cherokee County Schools! We would like to invite students to have breakfast with us and start the day off ready to learn! We would love to see you in the morning…

Central Office CNP Contact Information

Child Nutrition Director:
Christina Lee 256-927-3397

Child Nutrition Secretary/Bookkeeper: Cindy Gossett 256-927-4609

School Cafeteria Contact Information

Cedar Bluff 256-927-6211 Ext. 213 Lunchroom Manager: Pam Flynt Staff: Tina Ramsey (Assistant Manager), Kaycee Mize, Amanda Sanford, Ginger Harrelson, Savana Black, Charles Alexander Centre Elementary 256-927-3302 Ext. 407 Lunchroom Manager: Gayle Hardin Staff: Carol Rosser (Assistant Manager),Elizabeth White, Bilene Enzor, Alloune Wiggins, Claire Proctor, Kenneth Farley Centre Middle 256-927-5656 ext. 607 Lunchroom Manager: Johnnie Holder Staff: Melissa Itson (Assistant Manager), Pat McHan, Lisa Davis, Linda Weaver Cherokee County High 256-927-3625 Ext: 809/816 Lunchroom Manager: Debbie Moon Staff: Jennifer Webb (Assistant Manager), Cindy Kiser, Sheron Hill, Connie Webb Gaylesville 256-927-1738 Ext. 704 Lunchroom Manager: Debra Parker Staff-Windy Stone (Assistant Manager), Becky VanPelt, Brenda Peek, Lona Beuckens Sand Rock 256-927-1735 Ext. 902 Lunchroom Manager: Sarah Battles Staff: Amy Justus (Assistant Manager), Casey Kennedy, Brittany Tinsley, Paige Williams, Rebecca Clanton, Christy Royer Spring Garden 256-927-7045 Ext. 523 Lunchroom Manager: Rhonda Ellis Staff: Amy Twilley (Assistant Manager), Shirley Black, Wendy Young, Lynn Baswell

USDA Nondiscrimination 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), 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 theUSDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:How to File a Complaint, 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
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.