According to Hunger Free America, “states can give extra food purchasing dollars to all low-income families with children in closed schools on ATM-like cards that they can use at food stores and farmers markets, reducing hunger and bolstering employment in the retail food sector.”
From the USDA Food And Nutrition Service COVID-19 Page: As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, children who would receive free or reduced price meals if not for school closures are eligible to receive assistance under this provision. USDA is providing guidance to state agencies on plan requirements in order to receive approval. (Guidance for States on Pandemic EBT)
Each state has the option to participate in the Pandemic EBT.
For information from Hunger Free America and The Education Trust about how state leaders can advance P-EBT Implementation in Alabama, please consult the document below:
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