WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Food and Nutrition Service approved Virginia’s plan to participate in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. The program – established by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – allows states to provide additional funding for struggling families with children who cannot access free or reduced-price school meals during the pandemic.
“This is great news for hundreds of thousands of Virginia families who have struggled to put enough food on the table during the pandemic. Since Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the P-EBT program has provided millions of children across the country with the nutrition they need to stay healthy, particularly if they are not attending school in-person.
“By securing pandemic food assistance for the current school year, Virginia has also guaranteed that any child who is eligible for free or reduced price school meals will be eligible for food assistance this summer. That means access to healthy food for more than 450,000 children across the Commonwealth. The P-EBT program is proving to be one of the most effective tools we have to fight the surge in child hunger, and I hope that all states will take the opportunity to offer this critical food assistance in their communities.”
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