Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Secure Additional $727 Million for Students Missing Meals Due to COVID-19 School Closures
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $727 million in additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) nutrition assistance for Maryland children through June 2021. The P-EBT benefit expansion will support more than 530,000 children – slightly more than half of Maryland’s school-age children – who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school.
“Families depend on critical nutrition assistance programs, such as P-EBT, to provide our children with affordable and healthy meals,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue to secure federal resources that tackle food insecurity and ensure that no child in Maryland goes hungry as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The P-EBT program was first established in March 2020 after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The American Rescue Plan extended P-EBT benefits through the duration of the COVID-19 public health crisis to help provide students with healthy, affordable and nutritious meals.
See here for more information about the P-EBT program.