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New Benefits Increase Access to Healthy Food for Wisconsin Kids

New Benefits Increase Access to Healthy Food for Wisconsin Kids
March 26, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its second year, many Wisconsin families are still struggling with hunger. Last May, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a new program called Pandemic EBT(P-EBT), which provides families with students money for groceries to replace meals missed at school due to distance learning during the pandemic. A new round of P-EBT was approved in Wisconsin in February 2021.With the continuation of the pandemic and safety protocols of learning virtually or a hybrid of in-person and virtually, many students who rely on school meals may not have enough to eat. Pandemic-EBT provides increased food-buying power to continue supporting hungry familiesWisconsin families could receive up to $1,248 per child. 

Every student receiving free and reduced priced meals at school will be eligible. These benefits will be delivered to families in four installments, in late March, May, July and September. These crucial resources will ensure that local families can continue keeping food on the table throughout the school year. Families already enrolled in the FoodShare program will have these dollars automatically loaded onto their current EBT card. For those who aren’t already enrolled in FoodShare, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is creating an application parents can fill out online. A white P-EBT debit card will then be mailed and can be used at local grocery store to purchase food. For more information on Pandemic-EBT, contact your local school administrator or email PEBTsupport@wisconsin.gov.
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