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Thousands of Iowa students to receive COVID-19 related food assistance as early as next week


(KWWL) - Iowa households with children who lost free or reduced-price school lunches and meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be getting assistance.

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced the distribution plan of over $76 million for food assistance benefits through the Families First Coronavirus Act.

With 247,785 eligible children in the state, each will each receive $307.80.

If a household received food assistance benefits anytime in the spring their funds will be put on their Electronic Benefit Transfer card on July 15.

Any eligible families that are on free or reduced-price meals but not food assistance will receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer cards with the assistance funds in the mail between July 14 -21.

Starting on July 14, cards will arrive in white envelopes from Austin, Texas and will be addressed with the child’s name. To activate the card, families can follow the included instructions.

You can view a FAQ document on the P-EBT cards here.

More information can be found here.

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