Federal program allows special food stamps for families of kids on free, reduced lunch

May 20, 2020

Federal program allows special food stamps for families of kids on free, reduced lunch

BATON ROUGE – Though Phase 1 of the statewide reopening allows many of Louisiana’s residents to return to work, needy families whose financial hardships have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to struggle.

So, the federal government has taken steps to protect the nutritional well-being of school-age children from families who fall into the aforementioned category.

By means of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the Department of Children and Family Services is providing P-EBT benefits to children who would be recipients of free or reduced-price meals at their schools if schools hadn’t been forced to close amid the health crisis.

Once the system verifies that a student had been receiving school lunches free of cost or at a reduced price, this child is automatically eligible for P-EBT benefits. 

Parents must complete an application to see if their children qualify for the benefits.

Click here to begin the application. 

   


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