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Deadline approaches to apply for school lunch benefits

The benefits can compensate parents up to $458 per school-aged child.
The benefits can compensate parents up to $458 per school-aged child.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 7:11 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Families with school-aged children who qualified for free and reduced lunches last school year may be eligible for hundreds of dollars in food benefits through a COVID-19 relief program known as Pandemic - Electronic Benefits Transfer Program. But they’ll have to hurry, according to Cara Durr with the Food Bank of Alaska.

“People can apply through the 30th, but because it takes time to process the applications, we are strongly encouraging families if they still need to apply and are eligible, to do it this week,” said Durr.

To qualify for up to $458 per child in benefits, children must have been enrolled in an Alaska school in March, April or May of 2020, the months when school was online because of COVID-19. Durr said families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits should have the benefits added automatically to their QUEST cards.

The easiest way to apply is through the Food Bank of Alaska website, which also has a section where people who receive SNAP can report if they haven’t received the additional benefits yet.

Durr said the online registration at the Food Bank website will end on Friday at 5 p.m.

She said people who need assistance after that will have to contact the Alaska Division of Public Assistance directly.

correction: This story has been edited to correct the dates children must have been enrolled in an Alaska school to qualify for benefits, as well as update information on how to contact the Division of Public Assistance.

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