Maryland to receive $49 million in federal funding to offset cost of student meals while schools are closed
Low-income families in Maryland will receive a combined $49 million in additional funding to offset the cost of meals their children would otherwise be served for free or at a discounted price at school, officials announced Wednesday. Maryland joins a dozen other states approved to participate in the federal government’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, a monthly benefit that will provide $5.70 per child per day to needy families while schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
The families of about 427,000 low-income children in Maryland — nearly half of the state’s students — are eligible for P-EBT money, according to the state education and human services officials. The additional funding "will dramatically help maximize the nutritional well-being of children in Maryland,” Schools Superintendent Karen B. Salmon said in a statement.
Source: The Baltimore Sun