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The Pandemic EBT program (P-EBT) will end this summer, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday.

The program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, offered food assistance benefits to families with students attending school in person and virtually. 

“This program, though temporary, has been a lifeline for so many children to get nutritious meals when they could not get them at school,” Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being, said in a statement. “Children need good nutrition to grow up healthy and to live their best lives. This program shows how we can meet a critical need for our children across North Carolina.”

Students participating in their school’s free or reduced-price meals program are eligible for continued summer benefits but must be attending school in person and approved by May 31. 

The state department said eligible students will receive $120 in July to cover the summer. Payments will be made to EBT or P-EBT benefits cards.

For more information, visit the department website.

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Jalon is a general assignment reporter for QCity Metro. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and an avid sports fan. (

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