Students and families to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit

All students enrolled in the OESJ CSD, regardless of family income, receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year because the district is part of the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch Program.

New York State is sending EBT cards to all OESJ CSD families as part of the CEP program, and all families are receiving the EBT benefits, regardless of whether they usually receive EBT or SNAP benefits.

This is not a scam, but an actual program. The EBT card can be used at the grocery store. The card comes with instructions to set up a PIN and then can be swiped at the store, the same as a debit or credit card.

The maximum card value is $420.

For more information please check out the Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

Here is one of the questions from the FAQ:

What can I purchase with my child/children’s P-EBT food benefits?

P-EBT food benefits can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. A detailed list of food items that may be purchased with the benefits can be found at