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Families to benefit from federal program

ELKINS — Families with students in Randolph County and across West Virginia will benefit from a federal program established to support child nutrition needs.

Fully funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards were introduced as a solution to support child nutrition needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

LaDonna Rosencrance, Randolph County Schools Director of Child Nutrition, said each student enrolled with RCS are eligible to receive a P-EBT card.

“All students are eligible to receive a P-EBT card in the amount of $313 from USDA because all of our students receive free school breakfast and lunch,” she explained. “You do not have to complete any paperwork. Our families will automatically receive this card in the mail by the end of June. It will be mailed to the address the school has on file the student.”

According to WVDE, P-EBT benefits will first be distributed to families who receive assistance – SNAP, West Virginia WORKS or Medicaid. For students who currently receive SNAP or WV WORKS assistance, the benefits will be deposited onto their existing EBT card.

The second wave of P-EBT benefits will be extended to students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who were not included in the first wave.

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