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Louisiana netted $137M in benefits through pandemic meal program for children

(The Center Square) – Pandemic-related benefits issued to Louisiana low-income households through electronic cards issued by the federal Food and Nutrition Service totaled $137,155,970 during fiscal year 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

The average number of Louisiana households participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) was 47,377, according to the USDA. The benefits were provided through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 and related appropriations that allow the agriculture secretary to sign off on state plans to administer the program.

President Joe Biden in January expanded the benefit program, which aids children who were missing meals because of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food aid is provided to children who would have received free or low-cost meals under the National School Lunch Act had their schools been open to regular in-person learning, according to the USDA.

Source: Food and Nutrition Service

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