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Welcome to Walpole School Nutrition!

Meal Support For Your Family:

Food packages will be distributed out of the Walpole High School (275 Common Street, Walpole) weekly

10:00 a.m. -1:00 PM. The next distribution will be on Monday, August 3rd. (See below for more information)

Important Message regarding P-EBT Cards

Help with P-EBT Card Use


Families whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch started to receive P-EBT cards in the mail on Friday, May 29, and many are having trouble activating their card. Please share the following information from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) with families:

How to Activate (PIN) a P-EBT Card

You will need the letter DTA sent you in the mail to activate the card.

The Massachusetts EBT vendor was not able to change the automated prompts you hear when you call to PIN a card, and unfortunately, some of the automated instructions are inaccurate for P-EBT cards. Instead, please follow the steps below:

Call the EBT card phone number on the back of your P-EBT card: 800-997-2555.

Enter your P-EBT card number (it is an 18-digit number).

You will then be prompted incorrectly to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. Do not enter      the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. For the P-EBT cards, you must enter the last four digits of your child's case number that was provided on the DTA letter you received in the mail.

Then enter your child's date of birth using a two-digit month, two-digit day, and four-digit year (example: 04/06/2005).

For more information, visit: map-ebt.org. Questions? Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Meal Support For Your Family:

Dear Walpole Community Members,

The Walpole Public Schools and the Walpole Food Pantry continue to provide assistance to families whose children require additional food throughout this unprecedented period of school closure. Our joint goal is to support families in the most flexible manner possible. Therefore, the Walpole School Nutrition Department, working together with the Walpole Food Pantry, will continue to provide any family whose child(ren) are between the ages of 0-18 the opportunity to obtain free foods. These alternative food items are being offered in place of meals that would have been provided via the school meals program in an effort to expand a family's access to food. 

Food packages will be distributed out of the Walpole High School (275 Common Street, Walpole) weekly

10:00 a.m. -1:00 PM. The next distribution will be on Monday, August 3rd. 

Families can pick up their food packages at the high school. Please drive through the back parking lot by the school Cafeteria Doors (Door # 16). We will have signage on the designated door. You will be asked to stay in your vehicle and open your trunk. Then a school representative will place your food bags into your vehicle. All food handlers will be wearing masks and gloves for their safety and yours. 

Please know that this change is not intended to cause family further hardship but is necessary to ensure our community stays healthy and well. If your family faces a serious hardship that prevents you from being able to pick up your food packages from the Walpole High School please reach out to the Walpole School Nutrition Department at wpsnutrition@walpole.k12.ma.us or 774-315-5640 (please feel free to leave a message) to explore alternative options. 

If not already signed up to receive a food package but would like to, please respond to the following email: wpsnutrition@walpole.k12.ma.us or call us at 774-315-5640 to be added. Please note that although it is not a requirement to pre-register for meal packages we ask that you do so to ensure we have enough food packages prepared for receiving families. Likewise, if you have been receiving food packages but no longer need them, a courtesy update would be much appreciated so we can distribute the food to other families!

As mentioned before, we recognize that for families of our Boston resident students, the Walpole Food Pantry is not a local resource. Here is a link to support options that are available in the Boston metro area. Click Here.

In addition, counselors at Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 are available to connect you to food resources as well as provide information about elder meals programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The Hotline will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, and can provide information in 160 languages.  There is also a dedicated line for those that are hearing impaired. If you have any questions feel free to contact:


Maria Hall
School Nutrition Director
wpsnutrition@walpole.k12.ma.us
774-315-5640 – please feel free to leave a message


Finally, if any community member would like to make a financial donation to the Food Pantry to support the good work this organization does for our community, scroll to the bottom of the page to and click the “Donate” icon or mail a check
payable to the “Walpole Food Pantry” to the Walpole Food Pantry, 135 School Street, Walpole, MA 02081.  The Walpole Food Pantry is a tax-exempt organization and your donation will be tax deductible to the extent the law
allows. We thank you for your consideration and support as we navigate these unchartered waters. Stay well!

The Walpole Public Schools

The Walpole Food Pantry

 

Massachusetts has recently begun the roll-out of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (or P-EBT) which will provide benefits to families with children who would receive free or reduced-price school meals, if not for school closures associated with COVID-19.

P-EBT will help many families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, who may currently be struggling and who may not otherwise be able to receive assistance.

For more information on P-EBT please Click Here

 

The Walpole School Nutrition Program offers healthy meals every school day. All meals are planned by a Registered Dietitian with a focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and foods that are low in fat. Planned menus reflect the Nutrition Standards required by the USDA and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. We believe good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

 

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Returning in the Fall!!

Walpole Public Schools in collaboration with the Walpole Food Pantry is exploring offering a BackPack Program during the 2020-2021 school year at Walpole Schools. The BackPack Program is designed to provide food to children that would benefit from supplemental nourishment over the weekend. The food is discreetly packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon (or at the last day of the school week), ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week. There is no cost associated to participate in this program. If you are interested in participating in the BackPack Program, please fill out the form found on the "Meal Applications" webpage listed with the other pdfs.

 


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