Beginning in March 2021, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), will issue P-EBT benefits to families with eligible children for the 2020-2021 school year. For CUSD 200, this includes eligible K-8 students only, as WWSHS and WNHS were not part of the National School Lunch Program when the P-EBT program was rolled out. The decision to remove the high schools from the National School Lunch Program was made prior to the 2019-2020 school year, and before the pandemic. This allowed for better menu offerings and more food variety for District 200's high school students, and there has been no interruption to the process allowing for families of high school students to apply for free or reduced-price meals.
ELIGIBLE (K-8 ONLY):
- Directly certified or homeless during the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 school year; OR
- Newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-2021 school year through an approved Household Eligibility Application form
- Grades 9-12
- K-8 students denied free or reduced-price meal eligibility after submitting a 2020-2021 Household Eligibility Application (regardless of 2019-2020 eligibility)
Eligible K-8 students are allocated $6.82, by the IDHS, per eligible day of attendance when a meal intended for in-school consumption was not provided by the District. Eligible students do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will provide eligible students' information to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) monthly. It is important that your child's address on file with District 200 is correct. If your student is eligible for P-EBT benefits and your address with CUSD200 is incorrect, you must contact your student's school first to update your address in our student database, then contact IDHS directly (see IDHS P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions link below).
Please click the below link (available in English and Spanish) for the IDHS Notice of Eligibility, which provides general information on P-EBT benefit eligibility, issuance, and card activation.
Please click the below link to view the web page on P-EBT Frequently Asked questions.
For questions not answered here, or, for questions regarding the amount of P-EBT benefits you received or for assistance with card activation, visit dhs.illinois.gov/PEBT or call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-833- 621-0737.
Food Service Update
The USDA has extended waivers that will allow schools to serve free meals to all children ages 18 and younger through June 30, 2021.
Based on the new guidance, we will not charge any students for any meals.
Food distribution plans are outlined below. For questions, please contact your building principal or Lisa Maher, Director of Business Services, at email@example.com.
Food Service Changes for Middle and High Schools
With the move to remote learning for middle and high schools comes changes in our food distribution plans. ALL students and families can receive a meal bag at no charge. Parents/guardians may pick up meal bags for their children. Meal bags distributed on Mondays will contain meals (breakfast and lunch) for three days. Meal bags distributed on Thursdays will contain meals (breakfast and lunch) for two days.
There are no changes to the elementary food service distribution. Students and families in grades 6-12, the Virtual Academy, or those who are quarantining may access food distribution at any of the following locations and times:
- Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South High Schools (Door 1)
Mondays & Thursdays
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Food Service Reminders
All elementary students participating in the in-person learning experience will continue with the same food service plan, having the opportunity to receive breakfast and lunch from school. Students who choose to take meals will continue to be given a meal bag as they exit the school at 1:00 p.m. each day. The bag consists of lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning so that meals can be eaten at home.
Click here for information about Mobile Food Pantries.