DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 30, 2021) — Even though vaccines for the COVID-19 virus are being distributed, the health crisis is still active and many families continue to struggle with their finances. As our community works to recover from the pandemic, it is important for students to receive nourishing meals.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program of the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides food assistance benefits to children, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals, due to changes in instruction schedules and school closures related to the pandemic.

“It is important for families to apply for this program as soon as possible, if they haven’t already,” said Coni Dobbels, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services at Davenport Community School District. “We want to make sure that the children of the community are able to stay nourished and healthy during these difficult times.”

An online application form can be found at:https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/applying-free-and-reduced-price-school-meals.

The Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Department of Education are collaboratively administering this program in Iowa. Parents and guardians who wish to learn more about the benefits plan can visit this Iowa Department of Education webpage:

https://educateiowa.gov/documents/2020-21P-EBTforParents.To learn more about the Davenport Community School District, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/.

About the Davenport Community School District: Serving more than 14,000 students and their families, the Davenport Community School District prepares young minds for success. We work with the communities of Blue Grass, Buffalo, Davenport, and Walcott. With more than 3,000 employees, we are one of the top ten employers in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. We employ more than 1,400 teachers, and more than half hold a master’s degree or higher. All teachers receive ongoing coaching and professional development by a staff of Curriculum & Instruction Specialists and other experts from around the nation. To learn more, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/.

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