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Virginia Given Approval to Begin Emergency Food Program for Students

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Alexandria, VA – The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) announced it will provide meals to school-aged children who can no longer obtain the meals they have during the school day. VDSS is coordinating with the Virginia Department of Education to begin the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program.

Those eligible are children who receive free or reduced-price school meals, or are enrolled in schools that provide free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision.

Families are not required to be current SNAP participants or complete an application to qualify for P-EBT benefits.

“School nutrition programs across the state are doing an amazing job feeding children and delivering meals to students and families,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “But we know that even with these heroic efforts, many children need much more support. The P-EBT program will connect more children with nutritious meals while schools are closed.”

Families and interested parties can click HERE for more information about the program. To learn more about food assistance and COVID-19-ralated programs, click HERE.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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