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Program to help feed children absent from school because of COVID-19 extended

Adults tend to overestimate how much small children can eat, a child development researcher says.
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Children who get free or reduced-price lunches and are absent from school because of COVID-19 will still be able to receive a meal after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services got approval to continue the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program for the current school year.

Children who get free or reduced-price lunches and are absent from school because of COVID-19 will still be able to receive a meal after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services got approval to continue the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program for the current school year.

Children 5 years old and younger who already receive SNAP benefits are also eligible.

"The P-EBT program has been a critical resource for so many North Carolina families," said Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being. "When a child misses a day of school or child care, the reality for many is missing out on meals that day too. The P-EBT program has helped to fill in the gaps for more than 1.6 million children since the beginning of the pandemic and we look forward to providing more nutrition assistance this school year."

P-EBT program provides benefits on a debit-like card that can be used to buy food at most major grocery stores.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.