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School Meal Money Heads Home

State leaders are making more grocery money available to those who normally receive free meals at home

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With the vast majority of students in Oregon continuing to live, study—and eat—at home, state leaders are making more grocery money available to those who normally receive free meals at home.

Students who receive no-cost meals through the U.S. School Lunch program will qualify for additional Pandemic EBT benefits, which were scheduled to be credited to people's existing Oregon EBT cards as early as Sept. 28. Officials estimate that more than 300,000 Oregon students will receive additional funds—up to $176, depending on their school's start date.

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Many families eligible for P-EBT are also eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. People can check eligibility and apply at https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/#NewClientAccount. Meanwhile, school grab-and-go meals will continue.

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Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)

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