USDA to Provide Critical Nutrition Assistance to 30M+ Kids Over the Summer

The Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new effort funded by the American Rescue Plan to provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer. The effort expands the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT benefits. USDA said summer months are difficult for low-income children because they lack access to school meals that fill a nutrition gap during the school year. This summer, USDA will offer P-EBT benefits to low-income children of all ages.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “The expansion of P-EBT benefits over the summer is a first-of-its-kind, game-changing intervention to reduce child hunger in the United States.”

P-EBT was established in March 2020 to provide food dollars to families to make up for meals missed when schools have closed due to COVID-19. The program was set to expire on September 30, 2021, but through the American Rescue Plan Act, benefits are now available for the duration of the pandemic, including during the summer months.

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  1. So my concern is how come some families are receiving the 375.00 in VA p-ebt but not certain school districts is this based upon census and ethnicity populations? What is the criteria? Seems like the rural white neighborhoods are exempted from the list, however other ethnicities live in theses neighborhoods as well. So my question again what is the criteria and how is this equal rights and benefits for all?

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