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Fresh Food is Brain Food!

EMSA partners with QuestFood in order to provide quality meals to our students that contain high quality ingredients and are eco-friendly. To learn more about QuestFood, please select the links listed below. 

QuestFood Informational Packet  Choice in School

Accommodating special dietary needs

Summer EBT Program

Please see below for information about the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (Summer EBT) that will be taking place this Summer of 2024. Also, attached are the Summer EBT Fact Sheets for more information. 

Summer EBT is a new Federal Nutrition Program that provides a grocery benefit during the summer months to families with children eligible for free or reduced priced school meals. Eligible children will receive a one-time benefit of $120.00 per summer on an EBT card to purchase food. ISBE along with the Illinois Department of Human Services will be implementing this program. The federal program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These benefits are created to help students have a hunger-free summer. Families can access the following link to learn more about this program: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sebt/household

1) Who is eligible?  

Students who are income-eligible, able to be directly certified, or categorically eligible for free or reduced price school meals are eligible for Summer EBT.

2) What is the Summer EBT benefit amount for Summer 2024?

Summer EBT 2024 issuance will be a one-time issuance of $120 per eligible student. Summer EBT benefits are subject to the same rules as regular SNAP benefits. Benefits can be used to buy food for the household only. 

Summer EBT benefits can be used to purchase the following:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • meat, poultry, and fish
  • dairy products
  • breads and cereals
  • other foods (such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages)

24-25 Free and Reduced

Please complete your 2024-2025 Free and Reduced Lunch Application (FRL) via My MealTime. This was emailed out to families with instructions on how to create an account, and use that account to apply online for Free and Reduced Lunch. This must be submitted before or by October 1, 2025.