Clare Public Schools free and reduced price school meals

Clare Public Schools students that qualify for free and reduced price school meals will receive an application during the week of Feb. 6 for the chance to receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to buy healthy foods for their children this summer.

Made possible by a $460,136 grant awarded to the Michigan Department of Education, the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children Demonstration (SEBTC) will randomly select 5,000 students from public school districts in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, and Tuscola counties to receive $60 per month in food benefits during June, July, and August of this year.

In order to be considered, families must submit a completed application to their child’s school office by Feb. 22. Because the program is a federal study and funds are limited, not all families who apply will be able to participate. However, if one child’s name from a family is selected, all of the children in that family in grades K-12 will receive the benefits.

“This project will allow our community’s families to provide their children with healthy food during the time of the year when school meals are not readily available,” said Deb Snyder, Clare-Gladwin Regional

Education Service District (RESD) assistant superintendent of general education. “I hope the families that qualify will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Benefit recipients will be notified in May.

The SEBTC demonstration project is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Michigan Department of Education and the WIC Division of the Michigan Department of Community Health. To ensure healthy and nutritious selections are being made, the EBT cards will only pay for approved food items.

For more information on SEBTC, please call the Clare-Gladwin RESD at (989) 386-3851, or visit www.sebtc-mi.com.