State Rep. Dan Howell Announces Financial Meal Assistance For Tennessee Students

Monday, August 3, 2020
State Rep. Dan Howell announced 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.  

“So many families are enduring terrible hardships because of this pandemic,” Rep.
Howell said. “There are still many more families who are eligible for this benefit and I would encourage them to apply. This effort will help ensure Tennessee’s children are fed, safe and healthy as they go back to school. I would”

Families must meet the following criteria to qualify: receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program or attends 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.

“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,” officials said.

Rep. Howell is chairman of the Tennessee House Transportation Committee and Represents District 22, which includes Polk, Meigs and Much of Bradley County Counties.

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