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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Application Information
 
Your household may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to buy food. P-EBT is a one-time food benefit for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.
P-EBT is for families who meet at least one of the following criteria: 
  • Children up to 21 year old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2)
  • Children ages 5-18 who received SNAP food benefits for March 2020
Do I need to apply for P-EBT?
 
Families that DID NOT get SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020
  • Yes, you will need to apply.
  • Fill out an application here: com/Learn/PEBT
  • The application is open until June 30, 2020.
  • If you do not currently get SNAP benefits and your child is approved for P-EBT, you will be mailed a P-EBT card loaded with benefits.
Families that DID get SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020
  • You do not need to apply for children ages 5-18. Benefits were loaded onto your existing SNAP card by May 22.
  • If you have children under 5 and/or between the ages of 19 and 21, you will need to fill out an application for those children. Fill out an application here: com/Learn/PEBT
  • If you get SNAP benefits and your child is approved for P-EBT, we will put funds on your current Lone Star Card.
P-EBT is a one-time benefit for families issued through an EBT card (like a debit card). Families receive up to $285 per eligible child. You will have one year from the date the benefits were issued to use your P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits are non-transferrable.
 
If you need help filling out the P-EBT application, please contact is 833-613-6220. For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov/PEBT or call is 833-613-6220.
 
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Summer Meal Distribution Begins Monday, June 1
 
Throughout the summer, Victoria ISD stays committed to supporting our families and community.
FREE meals will continue to be offered to ALL children via curbside pickup on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Monday will contain breakfast and lunch for Monday-Wednesday.
  • Thursday will contain breakfast and lunch for Thursday-Sunday. 
VISD will be offering take-home meals beginning Monday, June 1, at the following campuses/times:
9:30am - 12:30pm ONLY Monday & Thursday
9:30am – 1:00pm ONLY Monday & Thursday
10:30am – 11:30am DAILY Monday through Friday
Meals prepared for non-distribution days will need to be removed from the packaging and heated. Microwaves work well.
 
Is Meal Delivery an Option?

Unfortunately, we will not have access to some of the vans we have been using for meal delivery this spring, so our home delivery will be very limited reasons. If home delivery is needed, please contact our Child Nutrition Department at 361-788-9235.

 
Who can receive Summer Meals?
Any child age 18 and younger, as well as special needs students up to age 21, can receive free meals. Each child receiving a meal MUST be present, unless the parent provides a copy of a birth certificate, current report card, or student ID for each child.
Children do not need to be enrolled at the distribution site school, nor do they need to be enrolled in VISD.

For other community resources for food, please call the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent at (361) 578-0591.
School Meals
With the City of Victoria’s Stay at Home order in place, VISD will continue to provide an essential service of providing meals to area children. The distribution schedule has been adjusted to further reduce possible contact.
Starting the week of April 6-10, the Child Nutrition Food Distribution schedule will change as follows:Monday and Thursdays only.
  • Monday will contain breakfast and lunch for Monday-Wednesday
  • Thursday will contain breakfast and lunch for Thursday-Friday
Changes to Texas Department of Agriculture rules no longer allow VISD to distribute food for weekends.
Points of Distribution will decrease from 6-5, with serving hours 9:30-12:30 (Stroman will be 9:30-1:00):
  • Aloe
  • Crain
  • Hopkins
  • Rowland
  • Stroman 
 
Meals are available for children age 18 or younger and special needs students up to age 21. Each child receiving a meal MUST be present, unless the parent provides a copy of a birth certificate, current report card, or student ID for each child. The child(ren) do not need to be enrolled at the distribution site school, nor do they need to be enrolled in VISD
Meal Distribution Update
Starting on Monday, March 30, Victoria ISD is revising the meal distribution schedule to reduce the number of interactions and add more flexibility and convenience for parents.
 
New Pick up Days
  • Monday - breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday
  • Wednesday - breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday
  • Friday - breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
*Meals prepared for non-distribution days will need to be removed from the packaging and heated. Microwaves work well.
 
Distribution Sites
Distribution sites remain the same.

Aloe Elementary

62 Chaparral

Crain Elementary

2706 N Azalea

Hopkins Elementary

110 Hopkins

Rowland Elementary

2706 Leary Lane

Shields Elementary

3400 Bluebonnet

Stroman Middle School

3002 E North St
There will be one pick up window from 9:30am - 12:30pm. Stroman will serve until 1:00.Meals are available to any child age 18 and younger, as well as special needs students up to age 21. The child does not need to attend the distribution site school, nor does the child need to be enrolled in Victoria ISD.
 
Meal Distribution Update
Victoria ISD is revising the meal distribution schedule which will allow more flexibility and convenience for parents. The change will start Monday, March 30.
 

Pick up will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Monday and Wednesday, students will receive breakfast and lunch for two days. On Friday, grab and go will consist of six meals to provide for Friday through Sunday. Meals prepared for non-distribution days will need to be removed from the packaging and heated. Microwaves work well.

 

The distribution sites remain the same. Meals will be available at the elementary schools from 9:30-12:30 and at Stroman Middle School from 9:30-1:00.

Aloe Elementary

62 Chaparral

Crain Elementary

2706 N Azalea

Hopkins Elementary

110 Hopkins

Rowland Elementary

2706 Leary Lane

Shields Elementary

3400 Bluebonnet

Stroman Middle School

3002 E North St

 

Any child age 18 and younger, as well as special needs students up to age 21, can receive free meals. The child does not need to attend the distribution site school, nor does the child need to be enrolled in Victoria ISD.

Menu for week of March 30

 

FREE Breakfast and Lunch Service for Students
Ensuring students have access to quality, nutritious meals is a key component of our support as we work during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). We want to provide you with information about our current food service plans so you and your family can plan.

Starting Monday, March 23, we will offer curbside breakfast and lunch to any child age 18 and younger Monday through Friday at several of our schools. A student does not need to attend school at the distribution location to get meals. Students must be present to receive a meal. Due to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules, we can only distribute meals to students when they’re on site. We are hoping the USDA relaxes these rules to make it easier to provide these meals in the future.

Drive-thru pick-up will take place in the front drive of each designated elementary distribution campus listed below. Pick-up at Stroman will be on the Ben Wilson side by the tennis courts. In an abundance of caution, people should remain in their vehicle. Meals will be brought to the cars.

 

Menus

March 26-29 Menu
March 30-April 5 Menu

 
Serving Times
Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:30 am
Lunch: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (Stroman site will serve until 1:00 pm)
 
VISD Meal Sites

Aloe Elementary

62 Chaparral

Crain Elementary

2706 N Azalea

Hopkins Elementary

110 Hopkins

Rowland Elementary

2706 Leary Lane

Shields Elementary

3400 Bluebonnet

Stroman Middle School

3002 E North St

 
Please reach out by phone to the parent liaison at your child's home campus on Monday, March 23 if you do not have transportation to collect meals.
Free Meals for Students
While face-to-face instruction is suspended, VISD will provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all students at six distribution sites:
  • Aloe Elementary
  • Crain Elementary
  • Hopkins Elementary
  • Rowland Elementary
  • Shields Elementary
  • Stroman Middle School
Each site will have breakfast available from 7:30-9:30 and lunch from 10:30-12:30 Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23rd.