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Staying Safe & Healthy At Home

Pandemic EBT: Food Assistance Benefits

Families with children who received free, reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for new program.


The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program (P-EBT) provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who qualifies?


  • Michigan families with students ages 5-18 who are eligible for free and reduced school meals and are enrolled in the Michigan Department of Education program.

  • Also eligible are students enrolled in Head Start and students over 18 receiving special education services and are currently enrolled in free/reduced school meals.

  • Students who are in a district where all students receive free school means no matter their eligibility.


How much do families receive?


  • The benefits will include $193.80 per eligible student to cover the months of March and April and an additional $182.40 per student to cover May and June combined.


How do families receive the benefits?


  • Families already receiving food assistance benefits will have the additional funds directly added to their Bridge Card.

  • Families not currently receiving food assistance benefits will receive a pre-loaded EBT card under the name of the oldest eligible child in the home.

  • Benefits for all eligible school-aged children in the home will be loaded onto this ONE EBT card.

  • A letter from MDHHS will be mailed out prior to mailing of the EBT cards and will include instructions

  • March and April benefits should arrive by the end of the first week of May.


Click here for further information.

Plan Your Grocery Shopping Trips

While we are in quarantine, getting groceries can be tricky especially since we can’t just go to the grocery store whenever we want. Now it takes a little more planning. Here is an article to help you plan out your grocery store trip so you can efficiently get in, get your healthy groceries, and get out.


Pro tip: Be sure to think about what fruits and vegetables are in season to better plan your trip. Check store circulars to get the best deals!


Click here to read more!


Also, visit Eat Well In A Snap for even more shopping tips!

Food Safety

With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, you may be wondering if you have to wash all your food before you eat? This article breaks down what you should be washing, and what you should never wash.


MUST WASH items include:

  • fresh fruits & vegetables with and without peels
  • cans and jars before they are opened


NEVER WASH foods include:

  • raw meat
  • fish
  • eggs


For more information, read this article.

Chop Chop Magazine - Spring 2020

This school year we had the opportunity to distribute Chop Chop Magazines to our classes. The students and teachers were enjoying the recipes and articles inside. We at Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds were excited to see that the Spring 2020 issue has been made available online (for a limited time only!). Read the issue here.

Wash Your Hands by Margaret McNamara (Read by Mrs. Hatfield)

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