State extends pandemic food assistance deadline … again

Moore County families who need a little extra food assistance during the pandemic should apply for the P-EBT by Friday, August 14. {File Photo}

State Department of Human Services officials have extended the deadline to apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) but time is running out to apply. The new application date is Friday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Does your child qualify for free or reduced-price meal at school? If so, your family may qualify for extra food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee Department of Education announced this week that under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Moore County children could receive Pandemic EBT benefits or P-EBT.

The benefits were designed to help cover the food costs associated with days that children would have otherwise been in school. P-EBT benefits do not replace any child nutrition program meal being offered through the local school system. Children may continue to receive “grab and go” meals at the Lynchburg Elementary Cafeteria.

To qualify, student must attend a Moore County school and qualify for free or reduced lunches. The program will provide $5.70 per child per day and families will receive P-EBT support in two installments.

Families who currently receive SNAP or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TAFN) benefits do not need to apply. Funds will be added to their program EBT card. All others can apply by clicking here. If you have questions or need assistance filling out the form, call the Tennessee Department of Human Services at 833-496-0661 and select option 3. •

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