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BPS – Virtual Covid Community Equity Roundtable 8/7/20

You are invited to join BPS and other community members at the Virtual Covid Community Equity Roundtable on Friday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM to share your thoughts with BPS.

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Agenda-BPS Virtual Community Equity Roundtable-Rolling Agenda
Hello All,We will be hosting the second of many BPS Virtual COVID Community Equity Roundtables.
Please feel free to add interested parties to this call invitation.
Agenda to follow, but for now please find below the purpose of the meeting:
1. To communicate with stakeholders about how BPS is prioritizing equity with resource distribution
2. To get ideas from stakeholders how we might make improvements
3. To hear from stakeholders how they might be able to support BPS’ COVID relief effortIn solidarity and partnership,Charles

BPS Reopening Fall 2020, Draft 1

BPS Reopening Plan Draft 1


P-EBT card for BPS families


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Information about P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, federal program.

P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food supports to help families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals pay for food.

Stay tuned for updates. P-EBT cards will be mailed to eligible households soon.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
All Massachusetts families with school aged children who qualify for free and reduced price school meals. This includes any student in a school that provided free meals to all students.

2. How do I find out if I am eligible?
You will be getting a letter in the mail from DTA in May. If you do not get a letter in the mail and your child received free or reduced price school meals, contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333 (TTY 800-377-1292).

3. If eligible, how much money will I get?
Households will receive $5.70 per eligible student per day, or $28.50 a week. If receiving DTA benefits, your P-EBT benefits will be added to your EBT card. If not actively receiving DTA benefits, you will receive a P-EBT card for each eligible student in your household.

4. My family needs food now. When will I get this?
Details to come soon. For more information on food assistance contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333 (TTY 800-377-1292).

5. How often will I get P-EBT benefits?
The timeline for issuing P-EBT benefits depends on several variables. You will receive details specific to your situation in the notice from DTA. For more information please call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at (800) 645-8333 (TTY 800-377-1292).

6. Where can I use my P-EBT benefits? What can I buy with them?
You can use your P-EBT benefits at any store that accepts SNAP. Most retailers have signs stating they accept SNAP or EBT.
P-EBT benefits can be used to buy any SNAP eligible food, which is most foods, except prepared foods and foods sold hot. For a list of SNAP eligible foods, click or tap here.

7. Do I have to use all my P-EBT benefits when I get them?
No. The money will carry over from month to month. Benefits that are not used for over a year will be removed from the card.

8. Will getting P-EBT impact my family’s ‘public charge’ status?
No. Using P-EBT benefits does not impact your or your child’s immigration status. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.

9. Can I participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) with my P-EBT benefits?
No. P-EBT benefits are different than SNAP benefits, and cannot be used to receive HIP benefits.

Call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333 (TTY 800-377-1292). The hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 A.M. – 7 P.M. and Saturday 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meal sites. They do not replace them. Families can find a meal site in their community through Project Bread’s School Closure Meal Site Finder​.


Free Food Allergy Awareness Day at the Franklin Park Zoo hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital

Free Food Allergy Awareness Day at the Franklin Park Zoo hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital

Enjoy a Free Day at the Franklin Park Zoo Hosted by the Food Allergy Comprehensive Evaluation, Treatment and Support (FACETS) Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  All costs of the event are covered for ANY family living with food allergies.  Faculty from Children’s Hospital will be speaking throughout the day on various topics (See below for schedule of talks).

Have any questions about food allergies ?  Come to our Ask The Expert table where our allergists, nurses, dietitians, social worker, and psychologist can answer your questions.

Learn about food allergy related products and receive free samples at the vendor area.

All families who are registered will have their admission covered, as well as access to free train rides, face painting, and other activities!

DATE: Saturday September 28, 2013 (Rain Date Sunday September 29th)
LOCATION: Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Rd Boston, MA 02121
ZOO HOURS: 10 am – 6 pm
Free Parking

For updates to the event, and check for rain date status visit Boston Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program Facebook Page  (

Schedule of Offered Talks

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Lisa Bartnikas MD Topic: What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Tara McCarthy MS, RD, LDN Topic: Nutrition & Food Allergies

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Elizabeth Hait MD, MPH Topic: Updates on Eosinophilic Esophagitis

12:45 PM – 1:30PM LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Dale Umetsu MD, PhD Topic: What’s New in Food Allergy Research

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Jenny LeBovidge PhD Topic: Coping with Food Allergies: Involving and Empowering Children

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM John Lee MD Topic: Myths & Interesting Facts about Food Allergy and Wrap Up