The News Tribune
Time’s up for students’ pandemic meal money, but most in WA haven’t enrolled

Less than half of eligible students in Washington state have applied for the emergency food funding intended to bolster hunger programs during school closures, and advocates worry that many of the state’s most vulnerable will go hungry. The deadline for the Pandemic EBT program, passed as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March, is Sept. 11. Families have until 5 p.m. to submit applications to the state. More than 560,000 Washington K-12 students are eligible because they already qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The funding equates to $5.70 per school day, or $399 for missed meals from March to June.

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