Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday introduced the growth of a month-to-month advantages program that can deliver the whole variety of Illinois youngsters offered the federally funded meals to almost a million.
The extra meals help will come by the state’s Pandemic Digital Profit Switch, or P-EBT, assist, which is a short lived help program working through the pandemic.
Pritzker mentioned the expanded program strikes the state “one step nearer to ending starvation for these in want in Illinois.”
“What this actually does is provides extra diet, extra choices, to many households — most households — who already are receiving free or diminished lunch, and to 200,000 extra youngsters who in any other case wouldn’t,” Pritzker mentioned.
Illinois’ pandemic meals help program helped feed roughly 764,000 youngsters through the 2019-20 faculty yr. The expanded program is predicted to assist the state attain roughly 200,000 extra eligible youngsters.
Households will obtain $6.82 for every day their little one didn’t have entry to highschool meals, a 19% enhance over the $5.70 every day profit through the 2019-2020 faculty yr.
Youngsters who would have acquired a free or reduced-price meal had their faculty not been closed, or working remotely, for at the very least 5 days are eligible for the advantages.
The Illinois Human Providers Division is working with the Illinois State Board of Training to find out who’s eligible, and native faculties will let particular person households know that the help is headed their means — households will obtain advantages playing cards beginning subsequent month, Pritzker mentioned.