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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Eligible for Families

This is an important message from the Elk Grove Unified School District. We believe you may be eligible to get $365 per child to help feed your family, in addition to any grab-n-go meals you may be getting. Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get extra food benefits to help feed their children. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on a P-EBT card. You can use your P-EBT card like a debit card to buy food and groceries for your children.

Most families who receive CalFresh, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal or other social services benefits will get a P-EBT card in the mail before May 22. Please keep an eye out for this card in the mail over the next few weeks.

Other families will need to complete a simple and quick online application before June 30, 2020.

For more information, visit ca.p-ebt.org/info or call the EGUSD Department of Food Nutrition Services at (916) 686-7735.

It’s National School Breakfast Week

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite” theme for National Nutrition Month

 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” and registered dietitian Anne Gaffney says that includes practicing mindful eating, making better food choices and increasing physical activity. Good nutrition should not be overwhelming or too restrictive, and small dietary changes can add up.

 

New Entree – Chana Masala

 


Starting in February, a plant based (vegan) entree will be offered on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and as a fourth entree choice.

Free Summer Meals

Lunch is being served across California this summer. Join us to fuel your summer! Lunch is free to all kids 18 years and under. To find a location near you text “food” to 877-877 or call 2-1-1.

Click here for times and locations.

March is National Nutrition Month

 

 

 

 

 

Eat from All Food Groups

MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and food labels can help you create a healthy eating plan that includes a variety of foods from all food groups.

Learn more at https://sm.eatright.org/aboutDGA

Free Summer Meals

Click here for EGUSD's summer meal sites

Lunch is being served across California this summer. Join us to fuel your summer! Lunch is free to all kids 18 years and under. To find a location near you text “food” to 877-877, call 2-1-1 or download the “Ca Meals for Kids” app.

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Picnic at the Capital – Summer Meals Kick-Off

Join us on the West Steps of the Capital on Tuesday, May 22, for a fun educational celebration.  Elk Grove Unified School District Food and Nutrition Services is part of a coalition that provides meals to kids during the summer.  This event is open to the public.  #MillionMeals

Health Tips for 2018

Eat Breakfast: Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Make Half of Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal.

Watch Portion Sizes: Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Remember to use half of your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for grains and lean protein foods.

Why Family Meals Matter

Studies show about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior. Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity and substance abuse and to make families stronger. Join the movement this September and pledge to share one more meal at home per week with your family. Find more information on why family meals matter here.

Additional Resources: 

Family Meal Planning + Recipes

Healthy Classroom Tips–Make a Family Connection

Healthy Eating for Busy Families Booklet

 

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