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Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month.  While one in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.  This year’s theme is  “Tools 2 Thrive.”  Click here to learn more about Mental Health Month and access Mental Health America’s “Tools 2 Thrive” toolkit. 

NAMI Dane County Online Support Groups

NAMI Dane County is now holding virtual support groups via Zoom. Click here for registration link.*

Connecting Support Group: Sundays @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Bipolar/Depression Support Group: Mondays @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Women’s Depression/Anxiety Support Group: Wednesdays @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Family Support Group: Thursdays @ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

*It is important to note that registration does NOT guarantee entrance into the online support group due to a limited capacity of facilitators. These support groups are confidential and not recorded.

Memorial Day Meals

MMSD  free meal sites will be closed so they will be providing extra food on the previous Friday.  Please check here for more information:

east_madison_pop_up_mobile_fb_post_2.pngMaking Sense of all the Food Share Updates 

P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) Basics:

  • P-EBT is different from the emergency benefits that were added to some people’s Quest cards earlier this month.

  • Eligibility for P-EBT is based on children receiving Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). These benefits are tied to FoodShare (FS) benefits. A family might not be eligible for FS, but still receive P-EBT if they have FRL. 

  • The state is rolling out these benefits in different stages. The state is using current info in their system for FRL to determine eligibility. In most cases, no action is necessary to receive this benefit. 

  • If a family with kids on free/reduced lunch has a Quest card they should have received $176/child on their Quest card over the weekend for March/April.

  • If a family with children on free/reduced lunch and BadgerCare (BC), but not FS, they will receive a P-EBT card in the mail (white with an apple on it) with the same benefit amount per child. No action necessary. 

  • If a family has children on FRL, but no other Wisconsin assistance programs, they can apply beginning 5/9/2020.

  • If families need help signing up for Badgercare, please contact MMSD Family Health Liaison, Guillermina Montes, at or 608-576-1197. 

  • If families need to sign up for FRL, they can do so through our MMSD website,, and fill out an application.  Once it is submitted it should take an overnight upload to update the student information (depending on what time of day the application was submitted) the process should take 1-2 days.  We send out notification letters to all families via email. If a family needs a letter sent in the mail, that would take longer, but it can be done. 

Two Additional Food Resources: 

 Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantries

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantries are open to anyone in need of food.  No identification or verification needed, no geographic restrictions.  Information and a calendar can be found here:

FoodShare Outreach

Second Harvest Foodbank FoodShare Outreach Specialists can help individuals and families apply for FoodShare benefits that come on a QUEST card.  FoodShare benefits can help people through rough patches by providing money for groceries until they get back on their feet. The QUEST Card is accepted at most grocery stores in Wisconsin.  For more information and to apply over the phone, call or text 608-807-9006 (se habla Español) or visit

 Summer Meals

Please check here for updated plans regarding MMSD’s summer meals for students:

National School Nurse Day 2020

National School Nurse Day was May 6, 2020.  National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.  It is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week, which is May 6th - May 12th each year.  This year’s theme was “School Nurses: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis.”  This theme recognized that school nurses play an integral role in the health of students, regardless of whether they’re in school or not.

Shabazz’s School Nurse Contact Information:

  • School Nurse, Erin MacMillan

  • School Nurse, Michelle Leh Rameker