PRESS RELEASE

211 7th Avenue N, Ste. 100

Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 255-0331 Fax: (615) 255-0354

website:  www.tnjustice.org

Tennesseans ask Governor Lee to expedite P-EBT to families 

February 9, 2021 – Nearly 500 individuals sent a letter to Governor Bill Lee to request that the state continues the distribution of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefit for families. This program provides money to families with children who have lost access to free or reduced price meals because of school closures and virtual learning which prevent children from receiving school breakfast or lunch. Just before the Tennessee Justice Center’s petition closed last week, the Tennessee Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) announced that the state has been approved by the USDA to resume benefits for student. Parents should receive benefits for October and November at the end of February. The P-EBT benefit has also increased from $5.85 to $6.82 per each qualifying day. USDA has expanded the program to include children under six years of age. DHS must submit an implementation plan for approval by USDA before families with young children can receive P-EBT.

Families last received benefits for August and September. That means they have not received benefits — for which they qualify — during the darkest days of this pandemic: October, November, December, and January. Without this support, the families of over 360,000 Tennessee children are struggling to keep food on the table.

The pandemic continues to negatively impact families on every level, including loss of employment, student’s ability to go to school, and economic hardship which impacts a parent’s ability to feed their children.

Tennessee Justice Center’s Director of Nutrition Advocacy, Signe Anderson, said:

“The Tennessee Justice Center has had an overwhelming response from families when communicating about Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT). Parents need to know that if their child is eligible for free or reduced price school meals and their school has closed, they can get this benefit. We stand with the hundreds of families who we share P-EBT information with regularly and call on Governor Lee and other state leaders to make sure families get the benefits they need.”

To learn more about P-EBT visit TJC’s website: https://www.tnjustice.org/p-ebt/.

 

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