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Deadline extended for families to apply for food assistance

Families in Hardin County still have time to apply for a program designed to help support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services is extending the deadline to apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program until Monday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Families can apply online at up until the deadline.
A retroactive program, P-EBT is designed to replace meals lost during March, April, and May due to COVID-19 school closures. Qualifying families who do not receive SNAP or TANF will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in July that can be used to purchase food at any establishment that accepts EBT or online with Amazon and Walmart.
P-EBT provides parents with $5.70 in food benefits per child for each day that child qualifies.
All students enrolled at a Hardin County school qualify for the P-EBT program.
Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits do not need to apply as their benefits will be automatically applied to their existing EBT cards.
“P-EBT has been providing important support to families who found themselves facing an unexpected financial burden during the pandemic,” said state Human Services Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes.
“We want to ensure every eligible family knows about this assistance and has a chance to apply. Helping families through this challenging time is how we will continue building a thriving Tennessee once the pandemic is over.”
Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program can call the TDHS hotline at 833-496-0661.

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