State legislators are introducing the Pandemic EBT bill amid confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio.

(Ohio) – State reps Marcia Fudge and Bobby Scott introduced the bill this week, which would provide states the option to extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to households with children attending schools closed due to the coronavirus.

Eligible children must be receiving free or reduced-price school meals and be enrolled at a school that is closed for no less than five consecutive days.

Officials note that the benefits provided to approved households can also be no less than the value of school meals at the federal free rate over the course of five school days for each eligible child in the household.

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