North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 800,000 children who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school.
Families will receive approximately $371 in total P-EBT benefits per child, provided over two installments. Unused benefits will rollover month-to-month and must be used within 365 days.
‘As our schools closed, many families across the state worried about where their next meals would come from—and we knew we had to take action,’ said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D
My children go to a school that has a large percentage of children whose families have low income. As a result, the whole school normally gets free lunches. What this means is that all the families whose children go to my kids’ school (and their friends’ schools) will qualify for this extra benefit to help with groceries. While my family isn’t hurting as badly as others, we are in somewhat of a tight pinch and the $742 for food will really really help.
Thanks again to my wonderful Governor (Cooper), and to the NC-HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen for making this happen.
Knowing that hungry children will get food they need makes me bawl my f’n eyes out.
I’m not crying – you’re crying!