The Pandemic EBT Act bill is getting a lot of support around the country.
The bill will give states the option to extend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to those who have children attending schools that are closed due to COVID-19.
The bill was introduced by Marcia Fudge, the chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, and Rep. Bobby Scott, chair of the Education and Labor Committee.
The Pandemic EBT will allow the secretary of agriculture to be able to approve state plans to offer benefits to eligible households even if those families are not signed up to receive SNAP benefits.
The bill says students and their families are eligible if they are receiving free or reduced-price lunches and are enrolled in a school that is closed for at least five consecutive days due to COVID-19.