Aid to help feed low-income children expanded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A COVID-19 program that helps feed low-income children is expanding.

When the pandemic hit last spring, schools and day cares shut down.

Suddenly, millions of children had no access to breakfast and lunch meals they normally received at school.

That’s when Congress stepped in to create the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program.

It gave families a way to replace meals once provided by their children’s school.

Now, with the school year coming to an end, there’s more good news for those families.

The Biden administration announced it will expand the P-EBT Program and help feed 30 million

low-income children after the school year is over.

Eligible families will receive around $375 per kid for parents to buy food.

Kids who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and kids under 6 years old whose families get food stamps qualify for the help.

The funds will be given directly to families through benefit cards.