FAMILIES with children enrolled in the New York City Public Schools program will receive $375 for summer meals.
As part of an ongoing pandemic relief program, families with children who qualify for a free lunch will receive the additional funds.
Under the National School Lunch Act, these children will receive a $375 allowance.
Families will automatically be enrolled in the program and should be aware that funds can be disbursed in a variety of ways.
Those who got a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, debit card in 2020 or 2021 will get the money on the card.
If a child is enrolled in Medicaid, the fund will be added to their Medicaid cards.
All other families can expect to receive a preloaded debit card in the mail.
The city is also continuing its free lunch and dinner program for people 18 and under.
The service operates from Tuesday June 28 to Friday September 2, 2022, with the exception of Monday July 4 when meals will not be distributed.
Starting in mid-June, meal distribution locations and times can be found by calling 311, texting “NYC Food” at 304-304, or checking the program’s website.
Families can use EBT funds to buy fruits and vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; dairy products; breads and cereals; snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and seeds and plants that produce food.
In New York and other states, the cards can also be used at gas stations.
Fortunately, many gas stations across the country accept EBT cards and EBT-Cash cards.
According to FoodStampsnow, that includes big chains like 7-Eleven, Cumberland Farms, and Exxon Mobil.
GoBankingRate explains if you use a TANF EBT Cash card at a place that accepts EBT, you can also use it to make gas purchases.
However, you will not be able to purchase cigarettes, alcohol, lottery tickets, or anything that cannot be purchased by children under 18.
If your EBT card is from SNAP, you won’t be able to buy fuel or take-out food like you would with the TANF card.
However, you will still be able to eat other foods, including fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy products, breads, cereals and snacks.
It’s worth calling ahead to make sure the gas station near you accepts EBT, as the rules may vary depending on the franchise owner.
It comes as millions of other students across the country could lose their free lunch benefits.
If you’ve already registered with SNAP, make sure you’re up to date with the latest eligibility requirements.
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