Pandemic EBT to Feed Indiana Households This Summer time
April 29, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – Many Indiana families will have an easier time feeding their children this summer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an extension of the electronic power transmission (P-EBT) pandemic program.
The program was first launched in March 2020 to reach children who are eligible for free and discounted meals at school but were unable to attend in person.
Kate Howe, executive director of the Indy Hunger Network, said the expansion was a turning point in months when it was difficult to reach children.
She noted that summer meals are usually provided by schools, community centers, and other organizations.
“But there are some serious restrictions on how the money is used,” Howe explained. “And so, P-EBT will enable families to buy food for their children to eat at home instead of having to go to a place to eat for a meal in the summer when school is down.”
Families are getting nearly $ 7 per child per day of the week, or about $ 375 per month. Nearly 650,000 Indiana children are expected to qualify, and benefits for the state will be more than $ 240 million, according to the USDA. These figures include benefits for children from birth to six years of age who are out of school.
Howe pointed out that people may not realize that the free and discounted school lunch program is one of the largest nutrition programs in the country.
“The pandemic has really made it clear how many children are being fed at school and the importance of these free and discounted lunches and school breakfasts in feeding the children,” Howe noted.
The P-EBT program is based in part on the summer EBT program for children that the USDA has been piloting across the country since 2011. Howe hopes the agency will extend the program after the pandemic ends.
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