Source: Associated Press

Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina has been approved for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program. The program will help families that rely on free and reduced lunch in school. 

“So many families are in need, especially with so many out of work right now. This approval helps people get assistance faster to feed their families,” Governor Cooper said in the press release announcing the program.

Qualifying recipients will be provided an EBT card with $250 in benefits per child. The program could be extended if schools remain closed past May 15. The benefits will be usable at EBT authorized retailers.

The program will not require eligible families to apply. Those already receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits will receive the new funds automatically. 

“As our schools closed, many families across the state worried about where their next meals would come from – and we knew we had to take action,” said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “The P-EBT program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 800,000 children who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school.”

Read the full story from the Associated Press.