State extends pandemic food assistance deadline

Moore County families who need a little extra food assistance during the pandemic should apply for the P-EBT by July 13. {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 Monday, July 13 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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Motlow raises pandemic status to level three

LOCAL NEWS — On Tuesday, Motlow College decided to close all campuses and move to online-only operations. This moves the college’s pandemic response up one level to a Level III Pandemic Alert Level. In a press release, they stated they were doing all they could to “to protect the health and safety of the faculty and staff needed to ensure the progression of student academic success.”

Effective immediately, they’ll be following the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization by continuing to operate as a online-only college. Students are not allowed on campus for any reason. All campus buildings are closed to both students and non-essential staff. Level III means there will be no campus-based student activities. Libraries will be available online only. Clinicals, internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships will not meet.

Last Friday, the college decided to extend Spring Break through March 22 in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, March 23, all students will resume taking classes in an online-only format. Motlow students will log into Desire2Learn (D2L) to learn about assignments, hear lessons, communicate with classmates, and upload classwork. For more information, visit the Motlow College website. •

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