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      Updates

      • Meals will continue to be served for FREE to all students through the end of this school year.

        Conference week all elementary students will receive meals per hybrid meal service model.  All Middle School students and HS freshmen will receive meal service Monday and Tuesday while they are on campus.  Meals in Motion Curbside pick up will remain open M-F from 11am-1pm at GKHS and SLHS for all high school students not yet attending in-person learning and for MS students Wednesday-Friday while they are not in school. 

        As our district continues its transition back into in-person learning using hybrid schedules, our kitchens have now reached refrigeration and storage capacity.  It is with a very heavy heart that we are no longer able to sustain our 7-day meal service model. Starting on March 29th, weekend meal service will be discontinued.

        What this means:

        Thursday and Friday “Meals 2 Go!” Hybrid take home bags will now contain 1 breakfast and  1 lunch meal instead of 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

        Our 7-day meal box program will convert to a 5-day meal box program.  

        All “Meals in Motion'' curbside meal service locations will close.  Our last day of curbside service will be Friday, March 26th at GKHS and SLHS.  It has been our greatest joy to have served our community in this way throughout the pandemic.  

         

         


        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, etc.), 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 the USDA 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: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

        This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

         

      Pandemic EBT

      • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT 2.0) is Back!

        Students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020-21 school year are eligible for Pandemic EBT benefits. Also, due to a USDA waiver, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-20 school year AND do not have a paid eligibility status for the 2020-21 school year, are also eligible to receive the next round of P-EBT benefits.  

        If your family’s financial situation has changed due to the pandemic and you have not previously qualified for the free or reduced-price meal program, you can apply for free or reduced-price meals by clicking here. If you don’t qualify now, but your household’s financial circumstances change, families can apply for the free and reduced price meal program anytime between now and June 30th, 2021 and will be eligible for P-EBT benefits retroactively. 

        PLEASE NOTE:  Our on-line application system tracks the frequency and number of F/R applications a household submits.  If your application is denied due to income, re-submitting an application with a lower income in an attempt to qualify for benefits is revealed in our system and could trigger verification for cause which would require the household to provide proof of income to validate the amount of income submitted on the application. 

        There is no application process for P-EBT.  Each eligible student will automatically receive a separate Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card in the mail.

        Because Bethel was operating remotely from September 2020 through January 2021, the first disbursement for all eligible Bethel students is $123.00 per month, equalling a total of $615.00 per eligible student. 

        Future benefits will automatically be loaded on the existing benefit cards, so be sure to keep your card.

        P-EBT cards will be mailed to the address Bethel has on file for your student so it is extremely important your student’s address is correct. Please make any necessary updates or corrections in ParentVue or contact your child’s school for assistance.  

         

        Questions?

        For more information go to: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt

         

        Call the P-EBT Contact Center: 1-833-518-0282 from 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday


        P-EBT FAQs

        Q: What is P-EBT?

        A: Money to buy food that replaces the school meals missed while schools have been closed or operating with reduced hours due to the pandemic.

         

        Q: Who is eligible for P-EBT?

        A: The fundamental intent of the program is to provide P-EBT benefits to children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meals for days that they do not receive a meal that is consumed on campus as part of an educational school day.  

        P-EBT is administered to schools that were closed or in a remote learning environment for 5 or more consecutive days.

         

        Q: What if my address on file with the school district was not up-to-date?

        A: If you believe your address was NOT current and your students were qualified for Free and Reduced Price meals last school year and/or this school year, update your address in ParentVue and contact the P-EBT Contact Center at: 1-833-518-0282.

         

        Q: Will my preschool student receive P-EBT benefits?

        A: Yes. Preschool students in Bethel School District are both “enrolled” in the district and normally participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), making them eligible for P-EBT through the school district.

         

        Q: When will families receive benefits?

        A: Families will be notified in late March for the first round of benefits.  P-EBT cards will be mailed in the following weeks.  Future benefits will automatically be loaded on existing cards.

         

        Q: When will the next round of benefits be loaded onto the cards?

        A: April 2021, June 2021 and August 2021.

         

        Q: What if I believe I should have received P-EBT benefits last year but did not receive them?

        A: Send your questions and information to csdcru@dshs.wa.gov.

         

        Don’t see your question here?  For additional Questions and Answers go to:

        OSPI Pandemic EBT Guidance for School Districts

         

      FAQ

      • Q: Is there a set menu?
        A: We have received multiple requests to have a posted menu. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing and distribution (think toilet paper here) of menu items for school meals, we will not be posting a published menu. Menus that have been circulating on social media websites are unofficial and are for planning purposes only as there are no guarantees that we can procure planned items. Outages are happening frequently. To find out what’s for lunch the next day, just ask your MIM location when you pick up your meals.

        Q: Do you have instructions for reheating meals? 
        A: Yes, you can download instructions here. 

        Q: Why am I receiving so much milk? 
        A: We have received multiple concerns from parents who are not able to store and/or use all of the milk they are receiving each week. USDA allows us to use “offer vs. serve” to meet the milk requirement for the emergency feeding program. In response to our customer’s needs, beginning Friday, November 6th, all meals served will contain half of the milk (1 carton instead of two). If you would like the rest of your milk, just let staff at your pick-up location know. We will have it available at all curbside locations.

        Q: Do we have to participate in weekend meals at the curbside and bus route locations?
        A: No.  Just let the staff at your Meals in Motion location know that you don't want the weekend meal bag on Friday when you come to pick up your meal(s).  If you are on the bus route, and don't want the weekend meals, email Debbi Sherer so she can adjust the meal count(s) for your family.

        Q: What if my student has a special dietary need?
        A: If your student already has a diet prescription on file, please contact Iva Nelson, Child Nutrition Applications Clerk, at inelson@bethelsd.org. She will locate your student's diet prescription and route it to the appropriate MiM service location or assist you with how to complete this process.

        Q: What days are meals being served?
        A: Child Nutrition Services will be providing meals on all scheduled school days (full, half, and early dismissal days) according to the posted district calendar.

         

      5-Day Meal Boxes

      • Reaching families to meet their various needs due to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic is very important to us. Parents who are working and can’t make it to pick up meals during the day can sign up for our 5-Day Meal Boxes.

        These meal boxes are limited and are meant for families who really need them. Pre-registration is required each week to participate.

        Click here to sign up for the week of May 17th, 2021

         

        Families who choose to participate in the 5-Day Meal Box program, must agree NOT to participate in the daily curbside the same week they receive the meal box per the USDA.


        5-Day Meal Box pick up will occur at Bethel’s Central Kitchen (5625 192nd St. E., Puyallup, WA 98375)

        ● Only pre-registered families can pick up 5-Day Meal Boxes
        ● Meal pick up time is from 4-6 p.m.
        ● Look for signs directing you to pick-up area behind the central kitchen
        ● Pop open your trunk


        5-Day Meal Boxes contain:
        ● A box of frozen entrees and a box of refrigerated and shelf-stable items
        ● Menu with preparation instructions
        ● All 10 meals in at once for each child

         

      Hybrid Meal Service

      • Meals will continue to be served for FREE to all students through the end of this school year.

        Elementary Schools

        Breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students on all in-person learning days.  Due to the later start, students will eat lunch at school and be given breakfast to take home for the next day.

        On Mondays/Tuesdays, students will receive a brunch bag at school (eat lunch at school and take breakfast home) and can take home a two-day “Meals2Go!” brunch bag containing two additional breakfasts and lunches.

        On Thursdays/Fridays, students will receive a brunch bag and eat lunch at school and can take home an additional one-day “Meals2Go!” brunch bag for Friday/Monday.

         

        Secondary Schools

        Breakfast and lunch will be offered at all secondary schools daily.  Students can participate in one or both meals.  Meals will be grab and go sack breakfasts and lunches to maintain social distancing.  Students will enter the multi-purpose room/cafeteria.  Meals will be staged on tables near the entry.  Students will pick up their meal(s) and follow building protocol for meal service seating and eating.

        On Mondays/Tuesdays, students will have the option, at the end of the day, to pick up a “Meals2Go!” brunch bag containing two additional breakfasts and lunches for Tues/Wed or Wed/Thurs while at home.

        On Thursdays/Fridays, students will have the option, at the end of the day, to pick up a “Meals2Go!” brunch bag containing one additional breakfast and lunch for Fri/Mon while at home.

         

        Meals2Go! (All schools all grades)

        All students returning to in-person learning will have the opportunity to take meals home with them for the days they are learning from home.

         

        5-Day Meal Boxes (Change from 7-day Meal Boxes)

        Students enrolled at BVA or home school, who are continuing with remote learning, or families who have children that are not school age can sign up to get meals on our website through our 5-day meal box program. Pick up is every Monday from 4-6 p.m. at the Central Kitchen for pre-registered families.

         

        Special Dietary Needs

        If your student is newly enrolled to our district and has a special dietary need, and wants to participate in the meal program, please contact your school’s health room to complete necessary paperwork needed to receive accommodations. 

        How to request a menu modification 

        Menu Modification Form


        USDA meal program regulations state that only when the required paperwork is complete and on file, can Child Nutrition Services can make menu modifications.