Eligible Families Will Receive Money Towards Meals for Kids, According to New Benefits

April 21, 2020

    With school out of session for the time being, many families are struggling to feed their children having relied on school lunches for so long. 

    Now, with new benefits authorized by the USDA, eligible families will be able to receive money to help provide meals for their kids, ABC15 reports.

    The governor along with the Arizona Department of Economic Security say the new meal replacement benefits will help families with free or reduced-price school meals.

    Currently, 600,000 students are eligible for the "Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits." 

    Governor Ducey said in a media release, "We are working to ensure no Arizona kid goes hungry during the COVID-19 health emergency. Schools across the state have worked had to get nutritious meals to kids while schools are closed, and this program will build on those efforts and provide additional relief to families struggling at this time." 

    Eligible households will receive the equivalent of one lunch and one breakfast for each child. This equates to $69 for March, $126 for April, and $120 for May per child. SNAP households will receive the maximum benefits, determined by size of household. 

    You can apply for Nutrition Assistance by visiting healthearizonaplus.gov or calling 1-855-432-7587.