The Food Service Department of Surry County Public Schools provides nutritionally balanced meals to more than 600 students each day through the United States Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.
School meals must meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the appropriate age group. School lunch provides approximately one-third of the daily nutritional needs for children and school breakfast provides approximately one-fourth. Regulations establish standards for fat, saturated fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. Although meals must meet federal nutrition requirements, school divisions make decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared.
The National School Lunch Act in 1946 created the modern school lunch program. Schools across this nation serve more than 30 million children each day. The federal laws regulating the school food service programs today are administrated under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Virginia Department of Education. The program has the objective of improving the health of students by providing good, nutritious foods that students will enjoy. Another goal is to encourage and promote nutrition education.
Access to healthy meals helps our children learn. Surry County Public Schools is dedicated to offering healthy meals every school day. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, all students in Surry County Public Schools will eat at no charge through the Community Eligibility Program. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Due to nationwide food shortages and supply chain disruptions, we are currently having to modify menus as necessary to ensure students have access to meals. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to navigate through these unprecedented circumstances.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT P-EBT SCAM (statement received from Virginia Department of Social Services on Sept. 19, 2022):
P-EBT and SNAP EBT Cardholders, please be aware that there is a phishing attempt circulating and P-EBT recipients are being asked to call or text a phony 1-866 number ending in 0486 from "VA EBT". Please DO NOT RESPOND to or engage with any unsolicited phone number asking for your card number or PIN. The ONLY authorized P-EBT client customer service phone number is 1-866-281-2448. If you have engaged with an invalid phishing 866 number, please immediately contact the Virginia EBT Client Customer Service Helpdesk at 1-866-281-2448 to report your card stolen. If you have questions or need more information, please email the DSS PEBT inquiry team through the usual address or visit the VDSS webpage at PEBTVA.com
P-EBT UPDATE Received from Virginia Department of Social Services on Sept. 13, 2022:
This is an update regarding questions we have received about summer P-EBT benefits. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has recently made us aware that many households did not receive summer P-EBT benefits due to a card processing error. We have been informed that affected households will be issued a new P-EBT card and that all cards should be received no later than September 30. If you recently received a P-EBT card that is not working, a replacement card is already on the way. You do not need to take any action to report your invalid card. VDSS has identified the households affected by this error. Please do not contact the P-EBT call center to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of your benefits.
We understand this delay has been frustrating and want to assure you that we are in communication with VDSS to ensure the issue is fixed as quickly as possible. Schools are not able to provide answers to your P-EBT questions. Please visit PEBTVA.com for the latest information and guidance concerning P-EBT.
P-EBT INFORMATION:P-EBT Call CenterVDSS has staffed a call center exclusively for P-EBT that will be open on Monday, 3/15 after 12 noon. Please direct all household questions and concerns about P-EBT to the call center Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 866-513-1414 or 804-294-1633. Households may also use the online P-EBT inquiry form.Lost or Discarded P-EBT CardsHouseholds that lost or discarded their previous P-EBT card should contact ConnectEBT, not the VDSS call center, at 866-281-2448.
P-EBT Replacement Card Instructions:
Call 1-866-281-2448, log on https://www.connectebt.com/, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.
P-EBT card accounts do not use the parent/guardian's Social Security Number (SSN) or the parent/guardian's date of birth (DOB). When P-EBT households use the automated system, (phone, website, or mobile app) to request a replacement card or access account information, they should use the following information at each step.
- "Enter P-EBT card number" - for a replacement card, bypass by pressing "2" to use personal information.
- "Enter primary cardholder's SSN" - all PEBT cardholders must enter 000000000, not their own SSN.
- "Enter primary cardholders DOB" - all P-EBT cardholders should enter the oldest student's DOB, if there were more than one student's benefits on the card. It is the same student's DOB that was used to PIN the card.
- "Enter PIN" - PEBT cardholders should enter the PIN of the card they are seeking to replace.