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Many families in our community are experiencing food insecurity at this time. The information below, about new and existing programs, may be helpful.

Pandemic EBT

This new program is available to families whose children receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or who qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch during the school year. It is also available to families whose children may now qualify for these benefits, due to a recent loss in household income during the pandemic.

Families who qualify will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT), which is like a debit card, and can be used to buy food.

To receive the EBT card, families currently enrolled in SNAP or the Free and Reduced Lunch program should check to make sure that their contact information in the system is correct. If your family enrolled in SNAP, click here to check your information in COMPASS. If your family enrolled on the District website, check here.

Families not already enrolled, who think they may now qualify, can apply for Free and Reduce Lunch on our District website and for SNAP using COMPASS.

For additional information on how the Pandemic EBT works, click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


LMSD is continuing to distribute free meals for children on Tuesdays, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Suburban Square parking lot at Anderson and Montgomery Avenues (across from the former Ruby's location). Each child can receive 10 meals (five breakfasts and five lunches) each week.

To help the LMSD Nutritional Services team plan for the number meals needed, families are asked to register here. While registration is requested, it is not required and children who are not registered will not be turned away.

Families who are unable to pick up meals from Suburban Square should contact their child's school counselor. LMSD is grateful to the volunteers from local community and faith organizations who have offered to deliver meals to those families who cannot access the distribution.

If you have questions or are unable to access the applications for benefits, please contact Karen Castaneda, Director of Nutritional Services, at (610) 645-1934 or via email:

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