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Deadline extended for families to apply for COVID-19 food assistance

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced Tuesday that the deadline for families to apply for COVID-19 related food support was extended to July 13.
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Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 3:35 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced Tuesday that the deadline for families to apply for COVID-19 related food support was extended to July 13. You can apply here.

According to a release from TDHS, the program provides families with $5.70 in food benefits per child for each day that the child qualifies.

For eligibility, children must receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school. Families who received SNAP or TANF benefits do not need to apply as the P-EBT will be applied to their existing EBT cards.

Families who qualify and are not already receiving SNAP or TANF benefits will receive a P-EBT card in July that can be used to purchase food at any store that accepts EBT or online at Amazon or Walmart.

P-EBT is designed to replace meals lost during the months of March, April, and May due to COVID19 school closures.

Families can apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit (P-EBT) program through 4:30 p.m. central time or 5:30 p.m. eastern time.

For assistance, you can call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661.

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