Message from Congressman Cleaver:
I am reaching out to inform you that pandemic relief for Missouri families is still available through the Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program--which has already helped thousands of children throughout our state--allows students who are approved for free or reduced-price meals for the 2021-2022 school year to apply for a one-time, $375 Summer P-EBT benefit. This substantial effort was included in initial COVID relief packages and extended under the transformative American Rescue Plan, which continues to deliver for Missouri and the rest of the country.
Applications for this important program close soon, even as the pandemic and school year continue. Eligible families should submit applications electronically or by mail to the Missouri Department of Social Services. Applications must be postmarked by October 9 or submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on October 10.
I was proud to help pass the American Rescue Plan with P-EBT included, and I want to ensure low-income families impacted by school closures can take full advantage of the program. Defeating this pandemic requires a multifaceted approach, and this expansion of EBT benefits is an important part of a robust public health strategy. I encourage all Missourians in the Fifth Congressional District to check their eligibility and fill out their application before the October 10 deadline. For more information on the P-EBT program, you can find some frequently asked questions here and below.
What is Summer P-EBT?
In 2021, Congress extended P-EBT to any 'covered summer period' following a school year when a public health emergency due to COVID-19 was declared. This benefit, called Summer Pandemic Electronic benefit Transfer (P-EBT), helps supply meals to a child who experiences lack of meals during the Summer months. If eligible, Summer P-EBT are benefits loaded to a household's new or existing P-EBT card.
Do I need to apply for Summer P-EBT?
You will need to apply for Summer P-EBT if you did not already apply for P-EBT by August 20, 2021. Applications for P-EBT (including all denied applications) will be automatically reviewed for eligibility for a Summer P-EBT benefit.
Who is eligible?
Children who were already approved for the free and reduced lunch program at their school during the last month of the 2020-2021 school year may be eligible for Summer P-EBT.
When will I get my benefit?
The one-time Summer P-EBT benefit of $375 will be loaded automatically to EBT cards as P-EBT and Summer P-EBT applications are reviewed and approved. Summer P-EBT benefits will be loaded on the Saturday following your child's approval for Summer P-EBT.
Kansas City Public Schools seeking input from community - Blueprint 2030
Blueprint 2030 is a year-long planning and community engagement effort that will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there. It is a blueprint for the future that maximizes KCPS resources, improves efficiencies, and enhances the educational experience and academic outcomes for all students.
During Blueprint 2030, KCPS will work with our staff, parents, students and the KC community to:
Conduct an assessment and evaluation of our current school system (where are we now?)
Establish goals for the future (where do we want to be?)
Evaluate scenarios (what options do we have for getting us from where we are now to where we want to be?)
Identify recommendations for action (how do we get there?)
Your community feedback is critical to the success of Blueprint 2030.
If you are a parent, living in the district, please CLICK HERE to take the survey.
If you aren't a parent but you live or work in the district, please CLICK HERE to take the survey.
Kansas City Redistricting Commission Announces Community Feedback Meetings
Every 10 years when the Census is updated, the City must complete a redistricting process to balance the six City Council districts. The Mayor has appointed a committee to oversee this process. Community input will be gathered as part of the process. The process must be completed by December.
We received notice on October 2nd for the community meetings that were held for the public and apologize that we didn't have the volunteer capacity to get that announcement out to our members. Please know that there is still time to catch up on the process and give your feedback.
Please visit the Redistricting Website to view the maps and process- https://www.kcmo.gov/programs-initiatives/redistrict
Please check out the YouTube Playlist that contains the district committee meetings that got us to this point- https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyKXo9nCHoXTCiVJDW8H0V7qFMVpncqqp
Please fill out the feedback form on the website before November 1st. (scroll to the bottom) - https://www.kcmo.gov/programs-initiatives/redistrict
Garmin KC Marathon Road Closures for October 16
The Garmin KC Marathon race is set for 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. This race will impact roads in the Waldo neighborhood and surrounding areas. This event may create a delay to your normal Saturday morning schedule. Your support & patience is appreciated.
Please see the course map with estimated times that runners will be at each mile marker. Kansas City Police will allow traffic to cross the route when it is safe to do so.
October 16, 2021 - Garmin Race (with road closures)
October 30, 2021 - A Waldo Tower Halloween (coming soon)
November 13, 2021 - General Meeting (Now accepting Agenda Items)
November 27, 2021 - Shop Small in Waldo (Support Local Businesses)