Pandemic EBT program could generate more than $100 million into Mass. economy, helping families feed their children during coronavirus –

Hundreds of thousands of families whose children received free or reduced meals at school but didn’t get other state assistance will be sent funds to help cover the cost of food during the coronavirus pandemic.  Massachusetts is one of the first states to launch the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was singed into law in March. The program plans to send funds to households of the roughly 470,000 children who qualify for free- and reduced-priced lunch, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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