For information about the end of Emergency SNAP benefits and other resources, please contact the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance here.
Information for Families about P-EBT Benefits for 2021-22 School Year, Summer 2022, and Summer 2023
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for the 2021-22 school year and the summer 2022 and 2023 periods.
If your child was absent or remote learning for any numbre of days ina month due to COVID-19 in the 2021-22 year, you can apply to see if they are eligible for additional benefits. Vitist the P-EBT Food Benefit Applicaiton at https://pebtbenefits.ny.gov, log in, and check the list of schools to see if your child’s school is listed. If it is, you can apply for additional benefits by reporting the number of days your child was absent or remote by month and confirm that it was due to COVID-19. The deadline to apply is Septmber 30th, 2023. More information about completing and submitting an application is available at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-FAQS.
OTDA provides updates on benefit issuances at https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/. Please do not call the Greater Johnstown School District or the District’s Food Service Department regarding this process. If you have questions, you may call the P-EBT food benefits Helpline: 1-833-452-0096 or fill out the P-EBT Information Form at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-Info to submit a question in writing. More information about P-EBT is available at https://otda.ny.gov/PEBT-FAQs.
Titan Family Portal will become LINQ Connect effective May 23, 2023
TITAN Family Portal, which the district uses for our food services department, has been upgraded to LINQ Connect. This change will take place starting Tuesday, May 23, 2023. There is no need to change your username and password. All your information and existing funds will be transferred to the new app.
ACTION NEEDED – Download and log in to the LINQ app or visit their website to get your account started:
- APP – Find “LINQ Connect” in the app store (Google Play or Apple store); Log in with your existing username and password.
- BROWSER – Visit https://linqconnect.com/ and log in using your existing username and password.
LINQ Connect allows you to set up one-time or recurring payments for your student’s meal. You can also view previous transactions, set spending limits, transfer funds between students, set low-balance notifications, and more. It’s an easy way to manage meal payments without the hassle of sending cash.
If you have any difficulties accessing your LINQ account, please contact LINQ support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Jennifer Radigan is the district’s Food Services Coordinator at BOCES. She can be reached (518) 464-5106 or by email at email@example.com.
All GJSD students receive FREE breakfast and lunch for 2023-24 school year
Johnstown has qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which enables every K-12 student in the District to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day this year, at no cost to the family.
Breakfast is available to all students in every building.
In order to meet USDA requirements, school breakfasts must contain no more than 30% of calories from fat, and less then 10% from saturated fat. In addition, breakfast must provide one fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories.
Research shows that children who eat breakfast:
- are less likely to be overweight
- show improvement on math, reading and standardized test scores
- establish healthier habits for later in life
- have fewer absences and incidences of tardiness
- are more likely to behave better in school
- consume more calcium, fiber, foliate and protein
Summer Food Service Program
To locate a site in your community, or for further information please contact the NYS Growing up Healthy Hotline toll free @ 1-800-522-5006 or http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/pref/CNKC. The program is for students ages 18 years and younger.
A great new feature for this year is that families will be able to access menus online, with details on allergens and overall ingredients. View menus here: https://linqconnect.com/public/menu/NULH2U