While we have all attempted to adjust to the uncertain times that we’ve been experiencing the last several months, many have faced even more significant challenges since schools closed down in the spring. Under the Federal CARES Act passed in Congress after the COVID 19 pandemic spread nationwide, states received funding to continue providing free and reduced price lunches to those students who would receive them if schools were still in session, referred to as Pandemic EBT.
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The American Heart Association supports efforts to ensure all children have access to healthy meals to ensure proper nutrition and support healthy, active kids, and we know that during this crisis making ends meet and putting food on the table is much more difficult for many families. Despite delays due to a number of administrative factors, Idaho has been approved for these benefits on a retroactive basis, ensuring the many qualifying families will be able to provide healthy food for their children. Those families already eligible through their current SNAP benefits will automatically receive the funds without a separate application process. There is also funding potentially extending through September, based on school district attendance decisions. For more information, please contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.