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State submits plan for pandemic food assistance program | 406 Politics

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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on Friday announced it has submitted a plan for federal approval to continue a children’s food assistance program. 

Earlier this year, advocates urged Montana officials to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Pandemic Electronic Transfer benefits (P-EBT) to keep the program running in summer 2022 for eligible children. The program, created in 2020, provides nutrition benefits to families who lost access to free or reduced-cost school meals due to reduced school days or closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The state health department previously cited a drop in need, as well as administrative workload, in opting against submitting a plan for the funding, Montana Public Radio previously reported. Montana DPHHS Director Adam Meier said in a press release Friday that flexibilities at the federal level allowed the department to resubmit a plan to cover the…

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