Ill. Gov. Pritzker announces 1 million children to receive monthly food aid

1 new COVID case reported in Wabash Co.; no new local deaths in

Ill. Gov. Pritzker announces 1 million children to receive monthly food aid
(Source: WFIE)

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - On Tuesday, Illinois health officials reported a total of 1,665 new cases and 27 new deaths.

That brings the total in the state to 1,177,320 confirmed positive cases and 20,330 total deaths.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, there are no new deaths in our Illinois counties.

The map also shows one new case in Wabash County.

The Wayne County Health Department reported Monday that they are out of vaccines.

The health department points to last week’s weather as the reason shipments have been delayed, meaning they have none in-house.

Those set to get their second dose of the vaccine last week or this week will be contacted to reschedule.

Governor JB Pritzker announced Tuesday that beginning in March, approximately one million children across Illinois will receive federally funded food benefits.

Following a state request to expand eligibility for the program, the additional food support, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, is expected to reach about 200,000 more eligible children this school year compared to last year.

State officials say eligible children across the state will automatically receive these benefits on an “EBT Card” mailed directly to their homes.

The funding will be distributed by the Illinois Department of Human Services to Illinois students who are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) support.

Illinois’ P-EBT program brought approximately 764,000 children more than $259 million worth of nutrition benefits during the 2019-2020 school year. In the coming weeks, eligible Illinois families will begin to receive this year’s expanded benefits.

Families will receive $6.82 for each day the child did not have access to school meals. State leaders say this represents a 19 percent increase over the 2019-2020 school year when the daily benefit was $5.70.

Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program if their schools were not closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance for at least five consecutive days are eligible.

Families do not need to apply for this round of P-EBT benefits. In the coming weeks, they will receive one P-EBT card per eligible child, and the cards can be used to purchase food items at EBT-authorized retailers, which include most major grocery stores in Illinois. Cards will be mailed to the address the school has on file for the child.

Additionally, in the coming month, the Illinois Commission to End Hunger – a public-private partnership organized by the Governor’s office and stakeholders from across the state – will release a new “Roadmap” to end hunger in Illinois. The forthcoming plan focuses on strategies to better connect Illinoisans to nutrition assistance programs, including P-EBT, and promote equitable food access.

Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:

  • Wayne County - 1,662 cases, 48 deaths
  • White County - 1,595 cases, 25 deaths
  • Wabash County - 1,296 cases, 12 deaths
  • Edwards County - 522 cases, 10 deaths

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