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Poquoson City Public Schools to participate in pandemic EBT program for low income families

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Posted at 11:57 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 12:06:11-04

POQUOSON, Va. - Poquoson City Public Schools announced that it will participate in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for low income families.

P-EBT food purchasing assistance benefit is to supplement existing food assistance and nutrition programs for low-income households during the pandemic.

The program does not replace meals that are being provided for students through the schools, as school officials encourage families to still visit food sites.

To find current locations for school and summer meal distribution, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877- 877.

The program is a part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

P-EBT benefits will be issued to current SNAP households and to non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, through Virginia’s SNAP EBT card system.

Households do not have to apply for P-EBT. Any student who has received free lunch before school closures will receive benefits.