Food Services & Menus
What is P-EBT for K-12 students?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program was created in Spring 2020 to provide funds for families to buy food while schools were closed due to COVID-19. More P-EBT funds are being issued for the 2020-21 school year and will be available this summer.
Eligible students in HYBRID learning situations: you will get $48.23 per month. “Hybrid” means a combination of computer-based and in-person learning.
Eligible students in FULLY VIRTUAL learning situations: you will get $120.71 per month. “Fully virtual” means taking classes by computer.
You can use P-EBT funds and also get food from grab-and-go student meal sites.
Using P-EBT does NOT impact your or your student’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT funds.
Will I get P-EBT?
You will get P-EBT if:
Your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This includes any student in a school that provides free meals to all students (under a special rule called “Community Eligibility Provision”), AND
Your student is in a hybrid (a combination of computer-based and in-person learning) or fully virtual (by computer) learning situation. Your school will confirm your student’s learning situation.
How & when will I get P-EBT?
- You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT. Your child’s school will confirm their eligibility and learning situation.
- P-EBT benefits will be issued on Louisiana Purchase EBT cards. Each eligible child will have a separate P-EBT card issued in their name, mailed to the address provided by their school.
- If you received P-EBT for the 2019-20 school year: The benefits for this year will be issued on a NEW card. Please DO NOT request a replacement for last year’s card.
- If you receive SNAP: P-EBT benefits will be issued on a separate card in each eligible child’s name, not on your regular SNAP EBT card.
- CARD WILL BE ISSUED IN THE STUDENT’S NAME.
- STUDENT ID or Activation Number Needed: The child’s student ID or activation number will be needed in place of their Social Security Number to activate the P-EBT card. Parents who do not have their child’s student ID or activation number should contact their child’s school.
- KEEP YOUR CARD: All P-EBT benefits for each eligible child for the 2020-21 school year, and any potential future benefits, will be issued on the same card.
- P-EBT benefits will be issued in installments in the Summer of 2021.
- Due to the number of cards being issued, it may take several weeks for you to receive your child’s card. Please be patient and do not request a new card, as that would only cause more delay.
- Cards will be issued as DCFS receives information from each school. Therefore, families with more than one child may receive their children’s cards at different times, according to when each child’s school submitted their information.
P-EBT Information Flyer
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Free/Reduced Meal Benefits
APPLY NOW(2020-2021 School Year)
The online benefits application can be accessed at http://www.myschoolapps.com
Although breakfast and lunch meals are free for all students, households should apply for Free/Reduced Meal Benefits which may establish eligibility for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.
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2020 – 2021 Meal Benefits Applications
Find a Summer Meals Site!
USDA created a free texting number that families can use to find Summer Meals sites near them. Families can text Summer Meals to 97779 to find summer sites near them.
Spanish speakers can text Verano to 97779.
ISL CAFÉ MENU
2021-2022 School Menu Coming Soon
FOR ALL STUDENTS
2021 – 2022 School Year!
ALL Schools (Summer Learning)
Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided daily.
We are here to help!
Please reach out to us, directly, with any questions or concerns regarding Food services, Meal distribution or pick up, and any dietary or food safety information.
Food Service Main Office
School Cafeteria contact:
Special Dietary Needs
DISABILITY SPECIAL DIET REQUESTS
Accommodations for students with special dietary needs are available at each school campus. Federal and State regulations require a completed and current diet prescription form for any type of change or substitution to the student’s diet. The parent/guardian must submit a current form each school year.
The special diet prescription form has to be completed and signed by your child’s physician or medical authority. Special diet requests for your child will not be processed until a 2019-2020 form is received. If you have questions regarding the form please contact the Food Service Office at (504) 444-2696.
**PLEASE NOTE** If a student cannot have fluid milk due to a medical diagnosis, the Physician must prescribe the milk substitute on the Diet Prescription Form. The following substitutions are available 4 oz. 100% fruit juice, bottled water, lactaid and soy milk.
NON-DISABILITY SPECIAL DIET REQUESTS
Special diet requests for personal reasons (i.e., ethnic or religious) without a recognized medical disability may be accommodated at the discretion of the Food Service Director. The ISL Food Services Department is not required to make substitutions for non-medical reasons. However, students are allowed to refuse food items within the guidelines of offer vs. serve.
For your convenience, the diet prescription form is listed below
Note: An updated form must be submitted each school year.
- Check cafeteria balance & purchases
- Receive low balance alerts
- Set up automatic payments
- Pay for school-related items
The procedure for paying for meals is to PRE-PAY by the day, week, month, or year. A check, cash, or money order should be sent in a sealed envelope with the student’s first and last name including the amount enclosed and school campus written on the outside of the envelope. CASH PAYMENTS ARE HIGHLY DISCOURAGED AND THE BURDEN OF PROOF IS ON THE PAYER IF HE/SHE CHOOSES TO USE CASH FOR PAYMENT. There is a $35 NSF fee for each returned check. Meal payment forms are located in the front office of each school or online at www.isl-edu.org/menu.
Money MUST be available in the meal account or paid at the point of service. This policy includes everyone: students, staff, and visitors. Money remaining in the account at the end of the school year will carry over to the following school year.
Student meal account funds cannot be used to pay for guest meals which include parent/guardian meals.
DELINQUENT MEAL ACCOUNT AND ALTERNATIVE MEALS
Accounts with delinquent balances of $25 or more will be subject to scheduled meal denial.
PROCEDURES FOR PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE MEALS
When an account is delinquent (a balance owed of greater than $25), the parent/guardian will be contacted by the Director from the Food Service Department to inform them that the student’s account is overdrawn and that money must be placed in the student’s account immediately. Students will be served an alternative snack for breakfast and/or lunch if payment has not been received within two days of the call or by a time agreed upon by the Food Services Director and the parent/guardian.
Upon the third instance during a single school year of an elementary or middle school student being denied a regular meal during school hours, the Food Service Department shall contact the Office of Community Services within the Department of Social Services to report the failure of the parent or guardian to pay for meals, which has resulted in repeated denials of meals during school hours.
Student Meal Account Refund
Meal Account balances will automatically carry over to the next school year for returning students.
Students enrolled for the entire current School year, but not returning the following school year, will receive a refund only upon request.
Student meal account refunds are granted upon request when a student graduates, leaves the school district, or if a special circumstance necessitates the refund. Parents/guardians may request a refund by completing the Meal Account Refund request form and send to International School of Louisiana 1400 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130 Attn: Food Services or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow 7-10 days for processing.
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