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Michigan has become the first state to gain federal funding for families who qualify for the free lunch program.

The program is called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program, or P-EBT.

It will be used for Michigan families with students between age 5 and 18 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. This program will reach approximately 895,000 students.

“I am proud that Michigan is the first state to receive federal approval for this program to put healthy food on the table for families that need them,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The spread of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our state. My administration will continue to work around the clock to help Michiganders through this difficult time and slow the spread of this virus.”

According to the information on www.michigan.gov

Eligible families not currently receiving food assistance benefits will receive in the mail a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card – known as a Bridge Card – issued under the name of the oldest student in the household.

The amount of EBT benefits will be no less than the total amount of free or reduced-cost school lunch benefits that the family would have received during the time that school is closed. The benefits will include $193.80 per eligible student to cover the months of March and April and an additional $182.40 per student to cover May and June combined.

Under the program announced on Thursday, nutritious meals will be provided to children at over 2,000 stationary locations and nearly 700 mobile site throughout Michigan.

Source: https://www.wxyz.com/