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Important Pandemic EBT Benefits Information

05/18/2020

Since schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, children who usually receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program, or if they attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) School, may be eligible to receive temporary food benefits. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. Children can get these benefits in addition to the school meals they may be receiving from the RUSD meal sites.

Racine Unified School District Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Schools include: 

Bull EEC                          Dr Jones                 Fratt                 Giese

Gilmore Fine Arts            Janes                      Jefferson          Jerstad-Agerholm

Julian Thomas                 Knapp                     Mitchell             North Park

O Brown                          Red Apple              Roosevelt         SC Johnson

Schulte                            Starbuck                 Wadewitz          West Ridge

Racine Alternate Learning

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is automatically providing these benefits to most children who usually get free or reduced-price school meals based on information they have on file. If the Wisconsin Department of Health Services can verify your information, the benefits will automatically be provided on your QUEST card if you have one or on a P-EBT card you will get in the mail. You can use these cards like a debit card to buy food. You will receive a letter in the mail informing you if you are automatically getting the benefits. You may also get an email in addition to the mailed letter. See more information about these benefits and how you will be notified.

If the Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not have your information or is not able to verify your information, you will need to apply for the benefits. If you have not been notified that you are automatically getting these benefits by May 20, please complete the application here. You must apply for the benefits by June 30.

It is very important that the information you provide for each child who usually receives free or reduced-price school meals exactly matches the information your school has on file. Please check your information on the Parent Portal account to verify your information.  If the information on the Parent Portal is incorrect you will need to contact the Enrollment Center via email at enrollment.center@rusd.org or 262-631-7194 to make corrections. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will look at that information on your application to determine if you can get the benefits.

If you have forgotten your Parent Portal username or password please follow these steps: 

  • First make sure you try to use the password account recovery options on the login page.
  • If you know your username, fill out this form and we will provide you a temporary password to access your account, and you will be prompted to change the password on login.  Please use a password that is unique, but easy for you to remember.
  • If you do not know your username or do not have a Parent Portal account, one will need to be created as new.  This requires that you have your GUID Letter. If you no longer have the letter please complete this form and email a copy of your photo ID to campus.noreply@rusd.org.

For all other questions, please contact Food Service at food.service@rusd.org or call 262-631-7082.  

For more information about these benefits, please review the attached flyer.