DSS to provide food assistance for eligible school children
PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota Department of Social Services program called “Pandemic EBT” (P-EBT) will provide assistance to families who couldn’t access free or reduced-price school meals during the past year due to COVID-related closures.
Eligible families will be provided with an EBT card with a benefit amount per child that can be used to purchase food at participating retailers.
“The pandemic and complications it caused were challenging for many South Dakota families,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “By providing some extra help with food costs, we hope students and their families will emerge stronger.”
“South Dakota schools have played a huge role in meeting the needs of their communities throughout the pandemic. For some families, impacts of COVID-19 like quarantine periods or virtual learning were challenging,” said Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson. “The P-EBT program will help make up for the additional expenses qualifying families incurred when their students weren’t able to eat breakfast or lunch at school.”
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