Nutrition Services Vision Statement
Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.
Nutrition Services References
Nebraska Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (PL 116–127), as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans to administer P-EBT. Based on updated USDA guidance, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have teamed up to simplify the administration and distribution of P-EBT funds.
The NDE is still waiting for formal approval of the SY22-23 P-EBT Plan. Once approval has been received, information about benefits will be updated here.
- To qualify for Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits, Students will need to meet two requirements:
- Qualify for free or reduced-priced meals by the submission of an income application or direct certification during SY22-23; AND
- Be enrolled at your school district on the last day of SY22-23.
- Each qualifying student will receive a $120 benefit amount for Summer 2023.
- School Food Authorities (SFAs) will need to successfully upload a single file containing all qualifying students to the P-EBT Data Collection in the NDE Portal. See the Data Deadlines and Issuances tab for information about the deadline for uploading data and issuance dates.
- Use the Summer 2023 dropdown menu in the NDE Portal for a successful file upload.
- Indicate 0 Covid-Related absence days in column P (Days Absent or Remote from COVID) on the P-EBT Upload template for Summer 2023 benefits .
- SY22-23 P-EBT Data Conference Presentation (April 12, 2023)
- SY22-23 and Summer 2023 P-EBT File Upload Instructions (April 12, 2023)
Nebraska Local Food for Schools
The Local Food for Schools (LFS) is funding for states to assist in the supply chain disruption brought on by the pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Education received nearly $1.5 million through the LFS program to distribute to eligible schools, explicitly to be used on the purchase of local foods for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). LFS will strengthen Nebraska’s food system by helping to build a fair, competitive, and resilient local food chain, and expand local and regional markets with an emphasis on purchasing from historically underserved producers and processors.
Child Nutrition Program Statistics
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: ASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf”>https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: