- East St. Louis School District 189
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ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 189 FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE EBT BENEFITS FOR FOOD.
Illinois families with school-age children can apply for extra money for food through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).
Families currently receiving SNAP do NOT need to apply for P-EBT benefits, because these additional P-EBT benefits will be automatically loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts.
Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but have children who receive free or reduced-priced meals NEED TO APPLY directly with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 189 FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO YOUR ABILITY TO RECEIVE GRAB AND GO MEALS.
Please see the attached IDHS flyer that will help families with the application process.
COVID-19 has turned many families’ lives upside down, and we want to spread the message far and wide that the application for this extra money is now available!
If families need technical assistance with the application, please email IDHS at DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.
IDHS has made the application available in both English and Spanish at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online. (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) However, for schools where technology access may still pose a challenge, a PDF of the application can be printed out in both English and Spanish and distributed to families. Families can use their mobile devices to scan or photograph their completed applications and email them to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov or send them via regular mail to Central Scan Unit, PO Box 19138, Springfield, IL, 62763. Alternatively, schools can collect the completed paper applications and submit them (as a group) directly to IDHS for processing.
The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a free text support line called Call4Calm. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.
People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous.
GRAB AND GO MEALS
Grab and go student meals are provided during school closure, Monday-Friday. In order to limit large groups of people gathering, meals will be delivered as follows:
- Meals will be provided daily Monday through Friday.
- Meals will only be available from 10:00am - 12:00pm/Noon at all 9 K-12 schools and participating centers.
- Meals will include one day of breakfast and lunch provided in one bag.
- Meals will be available for pick-up and taken home to eat.
- Meals can be picked up by students or their families. Parents/guardians may pick up to 4 meals at a time.
- Meals will be delivered via school bus to a number of locations in the area, including all K-12 schools, some bus stops and some community centers.
- The 10am-Noon schedule for brief bus stops (estimated at 3-5 minutes each) for Grab and Go meals can be found here: Brief Bus Stops - New Times
- Centers (serving 10:00-Noon) include:
o All 9 K-12 schools (not preschool center)
o John DeShields Community Center: 1235 McCasland Avenue
o Orr Weathers Community Center: 1400 East Broadway, Building 12
o Griffin Center: 2630 Lincoln
o Forest Village: 4313 Forest Blvd
o Roosevelt Center: 1328 North 44th Street
o Sinai Family Life Center: 1200 St. Louis Avenue
o Mary Brown Center: 606 South 15th Street
o Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House: 1200 North 13th Street
o Christian Activity Center: 540 North 6th Street
o Jackie Joyner Kersee Center: 101 Jackie Joyner Kersee Circle
o Earnest Smith Sr. Resident Center: 515 S. 47th Street
o John Robinson Center - NEW SITE ADDED!
***FOOD ALLERGY NOTICE***
Please be advised that food provided may include peanuts, milk or other ingredients that cause allergies for some people. If you or your child has a food allergy, please notify staff to receive an alternative meal. Exercise caution to ensure safety.