Free Curbside Meal Pick-Up during Virtual Learning

Free Curbside Meal Pick-Up during Virtual Learning


The North Penn School District Nutrition Services is happy to announce our newest school meals offering, our Curbside Pick-up program. Starting September 8, 2020, we will offer free breakfast and lunch bundles to all children 18 and under. We are providing a full week of meals per bundle and have designed a menu where students can have all of their favorite school meals at home.

 

Overview

  • The Curbside Pick-up Program is operating to fit the needs of our virtual learners. We will continue to provide the same components and follow the same nutritional guidelines as if we were in person. Breakfast and lunch will be bundled for a full week of meals. All meals are FREE of charge for any child 18 and under. No identification is required.
  • Hybrid students can also continue to pick up curbside meal bundles for the days they will be learning virtually.
  • The basic flow of collecting meals is: Pull up to any of our curbside pick up locations (listed below) during hours of operation→ Let an SNS team member know how many children you are picking meals up for→ An SNS team member will place your meals in trunk→ Take home and enjoy!

 

Curbside Pick-Up Locations, Days and Hours

  • Our pick-up sites will be at the following school locations:
    • A.M. Kulp Elementary
    • Bridle Path Elementary
    • General Nash Elementary
    • Gwyn-Nor Elementary
    • Gwynedd Square Elementary
    • Hatfield Elementary
    • Inglewood Elementary
    • Montgomery Elementary
    • North Wales Elementary
    • Oak Park Elementary
    • Penndale Middle School (*Knapp students are encouraged to go here!)
    • Walton Farm Elementary
    • York Avenue Elementary
  • Pick-up day and hours will be rain or shine:
    • Tuesdays: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Holiday or alternative schedules will be announced in advance.
  • Meals will be delivered curb-side, to your trunk and your children do not need to be present to receive the meals.
  • Meals are bundled in full week meal packages. Families only need to come out one time per week to pick up.

 

Summer 2021

Summer 2021 meal pick up updates can be found HERE!
We will be continuing our curbside pick-up program every Tuesday during the summer! Starting Tuesday, June 15th we have some changes coming to our program:

  • Our pick-up sites will be at the following school locations:
    • A.M. Kulp Elementary
    • Hatfield Elementary
    • Inglewood Elementary
    • Oak Park Elementary
    • Penndale Middle School
  • Pick-up day and hours will be rain or shine:
    • Tuesdays: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Holiday or alternative schedules will be announced in advance.
  • Meals will be delivered curb-side, to your trunk and your children do not need to be present to receive the meals.
  • Meals are bundled in full week meal packages. Families only need to come out one time per week to pick up.
 

Menu, Offerings and Options

  • Breakfast and lunch will be offered in bundled meals. We will have a full week of meals in each pick-up bundle. Meal bundles will include a variety of farm fresh produce, “Grab & Go” fresh meals and “Heat & Eat” frozen meals.
  • Full vegetarian meal bundles are available upon request. Please as an SNS team member at curbside pick-up for a vegetarian only meal bundle.
  • Menus will be posted monthly on our website. View monthly menus.
  • Instructions for holding food safely can be found below.
  • Along with meal bundles, we are also including afterschool snacks! For afterschool activities for children at home, please visit our Afterschool Activities Page HERE!
 

How to Keep School Nutrition Services Meals Safe

  • Cold foods should be refrigerated as soon as possible, or within 2 hours.
  • Frozen foods should be stored in freezer immediately.
  • Cooking instructions: Remove packaging. Microwave or heat in oven/toaster oven until piping hot (165 degrees Fahrenheit). Use caution when handling hot food. Enjoy. Leftovers after reheating, should be discarded.
  • Please discard all remaining foods within 7 days or use by expiration date.

 

Other Accommodations

 

Applying for Free or Reduced-Priced Meals

We encourage families to still apply now for free and reduced price meals, even though all our meals are currently free of charge. Your application will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.
Low-income children are eligible to receive reduced-price or free meals at school. Children in households with incomes below 130 percent of the poverty level or those receiving SNAP or TANF qualify for free meals. Those with family incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty line qualify for reduced-price meals. We encourage all families to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Applications are accepted year-round. Once a family is qualified, they will keep their status for the entire school year. If sudden events occur that impact a family’s income, applications can be filled out at any time.

 

Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Information

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as P-EBT, to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. These benefits were issued in late Spring/Summer of 2020.
A second issuance of P-EBT was authorized by Congress for the 2020-2021 school year. This second issuance will provide the equivalent monetary amount for school breakfast, lunch, and snack to families of students who are enrolled in schools participating in the NSLP but are not attending in person due to COVID-19.

  • To be eligible for P-EBT a student must qualify for free or reduced priced meals through direct certification or online application at schoolcafe.com. Families can apply at any time throughout the school year.
  • Children whose families already receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the household's regular EBT card, if possible. Parents can check card balances at connectebt.com or calling 1-888-328-7366.
  • P-EBT eligible students who do not currently receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive their benefits on a white card marked with "Pennsylvania" on the front. All students will receive a new card on their fist issuance for the 2020-21 school year, even if they received a P-EBT card during the 2019-20 P-EBT issuance. Each student will receive a card.
  • Families can still pick up the North Penn SNS curbside meal bundles even if they receive P-EBT benefits.
  • Families can visit the DHS website for an information video and additional guidance HERE.
  • Additional resources can also be found at Food Research and Action Center website located HERE and the Just Harvest website HERE.
 

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)

On May12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released information for school districts regarding the EBB. The EBB is a new, temporary Federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic. Households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the Nation School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year, are eligible for the EBB Program. 

  • For more information about the EBB Program visit the website HERE.
  • To see if a family is eligible and sign up visit the website HERE.
  • To apply for free and reduced price meals apply at SchoolCafe.com.

Contact Information and Website

For general questions, please contact smolinlm@npenn.org. If you prefer to speak with an SNS teammate, leave a message at 215-853-1081 and your call will be returned. To speak to Melissa Froehlich, Coordinator of School Nutrition Services, she can be reached at froehlml@npenn.org. For more information about the department, please visit the School Nutrition Services website.