Rep. Helton Announces Financial Assistance For Meals Available For Tennessee Students

Friday, July 31, 2020
State Representative Esther Helton announced Friday that financial assistance is available to help families provide food for their children through the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, or P-EBT, aims to provide financial assistance for school meals missed during the months of March, April, and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The P-EBT money can be used at grocery stores and other retailers that accept EBT cards to buy food for children.

The P-EBT was created through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act as a way to reimburse families whose children are on a free or reduced lunch program, but could not receive those meals when school closed in the spring.  

House Republicans have pushed to ensure Tennesseans’ needs are met during times of crisis. 

“No child should ever have to skip meals or go days experiencing hunger,” said Rep.
Helton. “This program will help our most vulnerable students and their families put food on the table and ensure they’ll have the resources they need to be healthy and ready to learn.” 

Families must meet the following criteria to qualify: receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school that provides free meals to all students. Families already receiving SNAP or TANF benefits do not need to apply as the funds have already been distributed. Families can apply at tn.gov/humanservices or call 1-866-311-4287 by Aug. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Central Time.


CHI Memorial Imaging Center And MaryEllen Locher Breast Center Open In Ringgold

Siskin Announces StarNight Virtual Featuring Kodi Lee

Free Car Hangtags Provided To Help Prevent Heat Related Child Deaths


CHI Memorial Imaging Center and the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center have expanded in to North Georgia with the newest locations now open at CHI Memorial Parkway, 4700 Battlefield Pkwy. in Ringgold. ... (click for more)

Siskin Children’s Institute announces the 58th Annual StarNight. Officials said this year’s event will feature inspiring stories, amazing families, strong kids, and a private, one-time-only, ... (click for more)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is providing free car hangtags to help prevent heat-related child deaths in cars while simultaneously making it even easier to register to vote. “We are passionate ... (click for more)



Living Well

CHI Memorial Imaging Center And MaryEllen Locher Breast Center Open In Ringgold

CHI Memorial Imaging Center and the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center have expanded in to North Georgia with the newest locations now open at CHI Memorial Parkway, 4700 Battlefield Pkwy. in Ringgold. Take a virtual tour between Aug. 9-31 at memorial.org/parkway for a chance to win an iPad, airPods or a gift card. The Imaging Center – Parkway offers the most advanced imaging and ... (click for more)

Siskin Announces StarNight Virtual Featuring Kodi Lee

Siskin Children’s Institute announces the 58th Annual StarNight. Officials said this year’s event will feature inspiring stories, amazing families, strong kids, and a private, one-time-only, performance by Kodi Lee, American singer-songwriter savant, pianist, and winner of America’s Got Talent Season 14. StarNight 2020 will be live on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. About Kodi ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Toran Madding, 25, Killed In Drive-By Shooting Friday Night

Toran Madding, 25, was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday night. At approximately 8:16 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot call in the 2600 block of East 45th Street. Upon arrival, police located the Madding suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS where he succumbed to his injuries. It was stated ... (click for more)

Caleb McKean, 19, Shot And Killed In Road Rage Incident; Terry Beard, 77, Is Arrested

Caleb McKean, 19, was shot and killed on Friday afternoon, and Terry Beard, 77, has been arrested. At approximately 2:42 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot call in the 1300 block of East Third Street. Upon arrival, police located the victim suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS where he succumbed to ... (click for more)

Opinion

Congratulations To Marco Perez

Congratulations to Marco Perez on winning the District 2 School Board race. Marco and his team ran a well organized campaign. It is my hope that Marco will take that same organizational skill to continue the improvement of our public schools for the benefit of our nearly 45,000 students. Thanks to my incredible campaign team that worked tirelessly. Thanks as well to the many ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

These two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." In the silence that follows, allow me to welcome you to this ... (click for more)