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Eligible West Virginia households will receive a one-time summer feeding benefit for children, the state Department of Education said.
The program will provide $391 per eligible child to be deposited onto the child’s West Virginia-Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer card, the department said. The funds can be expected during August.
The state estimates the funding will go to approximately 255,000 children, representing nearly $100 million in additional federal funding, the department said in a news release.
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The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the state Education Department and the state Health and Human Resources Department.
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Eligible students are those enrolled during the last school year in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Eligible children not yet enrolled in school are those who are younger than 6 and live in a household that receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Families of children who have experienced a change in status that could deem them eligible should reach out to their county or school child nutrition contact to apply before July 31, the release said.
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More information is available online.