Pandemic EBT Cards: ways you can help.
Tue, Sep 29 10:19am
Dear PS10 Families:

The events of the past 6 months have led to significant changes for many families. As many families throughout the country continue to experience food and shelter insecurity and financial hardship, New York State announced in May that every NYC public school student will receive a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card worth $420 to apply towards purchasing food from NYC Greenmarkets and local grocery stores: https://otda.ny.gov/news/2020/2020-05-12.asp
 
Since the announcement, many families have asked what they can do if they are not in need of this funding assistance to purchase food. Due to the structure of the program, families are not able to return or transfer the cards, which are valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.
 
If you are in a position to, please consider making donations in kind to a worthy organization. The following link provides a wide variety of options and resources for supporting a variety of NYC businesses and organizations providing food aid throughout NYC:
These resource lists are understandably not fully comprehensive and there are many other organizations and businesses within the PS10 community not listed, such as Roots Cafe and Holy Name Church Food Pantry, that have been providing food aid to those in need.
 
In addition, if you would like these funds to be reinvested into supporting the needs of PS10 families in need, teachers, and staff, please consider donating to one of the following PS10 fundraising initiatives:

PS10's COVID Relief Fund (https://www.konstella.com/app/school/57bca26de4b06d68cc8510bb/donations/5f441419dafa88bd5bec0807).  This fund is being applied to the purchase of additional PPE, portable air purifiers and filters, outdoor classroom supplies, and COVID-related teacher supplies.
 
The PS10 Family Giving fund (https://www.konstella.com/app/school/57bca26de4b06d68cc8510bb/donations/5f34079bb63a8f149efbd84f) supports academic and instructional resources, technology needs, and Extended Day scholarships.
 
Since the start of the pandemic in March, the PTA has spent over $20,000 from this fund to support remote learning and families in need and we will continue to do so as we look to supporting administration and staff throughout this academic year.
 
Please reach out to these organizations and others to see how you can support their efforts.
 
Thank you,
 
PS10 PTA