KOB Web Staff
Created: September 28, 2020 02:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The State of New Mexico announced Monday that P-EBT benefits would be extended for nearly 244,000 children.
“We are working hard with the Public Education Department to get these benefits out to families as quickly as possible," said New Mexico Human Services Sec. David R. Scrase, M.D.
The benefit will be added to existing P-EBT cards for about two-thirds of recipients, and they can expect to see the money in early October. Others who qualify for the new benefit but don’t have an existing P-EBT card will be issued one with the new benefit, a process that could take several weeks.
The state says the retroactive benefit for an estimated 243,661 children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals is meant to offset meals missed because their schools were in the remote learning mode in August and September. New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.86 per child per day for the period their individual school site was 100% virtual until the day their school site instituted a hybrid model.
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