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Biden administration expands pandemic aid to feed 30 million low-income children this summer

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Calling it the nation's largest summer child nutrition effort, the Biden administration announced Monday that it will expand a key coronavirus aid program to help get food to more than 30 million kids after the school year ends.

(CNN)Calling it the nation's largest summer child nutrition effort, the Biden administration announced Monday that it will expand a key coronavirus aid program to help get food to more than 30 million kids after the school year ends.

Eligible families will receive roughly $375 per child -- or about $6. 82 per child per weekday -- through the Pandemic-EBT program for the summer, though the total amount may vary if a state opts to use its own schedule.

Children who are eligible for free- or reduced-price meals during the school year and those under age 6 whose families receive food stamps qualify for the assistance, even if they attended school in person during the year.

Summer meal programs reach typically fewer than 20% of families served during the school year, the US Department of Agriculture said.

Though the administration has ramped up the pace of approving states to provide Pandemic-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year, about a dozen have yet to receive permission.

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