The closing of schools and community organizations has left millions of children without access to nutritious foods most likely their only source for meals. For children, even brief periods of hunger carry consequences that may last a lifetime.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) creates the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, an important opportunity to provide nutritional resources to families who are losing access to free or reduced-price school meals at schools. P-EBT provides households an EBT card with the value of the free school breakfast and lunch reimbursement rates for the days that schools are closed.
Unfortunately, P-EBT is temporary and ends when the school year ends. We are asking Congress to extend the program throughout the summer, so kids can get the nutritious food they need to grow and thrive. For up-to-date information on Bread's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit bread.org/coronavirus.
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