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Minnesota netted $86 million in benefits through pandemic meal program for children



(The Center Square) – Pandemic-related benefits issued to Minnesota low-income households through electronic cards issued by the federal Food and Nutrition Service totaled $86,131,262 during fiscal year 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

The average number of Minnesota households participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) was 44,937, according to the USDA. The benefits were provided through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 and related appropriations that allow the agriculture secretary to sign off on state plans to administer the program.

President Biden in January expanded the benefit program, which aids children who were missing meals due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food aid is provided to children who would have received free or low-cost meals under the National School Lunch Act had their schools been open to regular in-person learning, according to the USDA.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Aid by State

State / Territory September 2020 Participation (Households) September 2020 Cost of Benefits Issued FY 2020 March-September Participation (Avg. Households) FY 2020 (Through September) Cost of Benefits Issued
Alabama 2,296 $786,882 29,579 $133,252,162
Alaska 19,781 $14,672,145 13,154 $21,506,110
Arizona 4,074 $1,451,640 89,071 $200,863,970
Arkansas 0 $0 263,477 $99,411,246
California 1,900,358 $626,961,957 866,452 $1,996,728,881
Colorado 16,802 $7,963,624 24,994 $49,779,597
Connecticut 465 $171,821 42,518 $105,784,128
Delaware 54,972 $10,990,340 32,752 $45,058,970
District of Columbia 38,642 $7,855,143 16,402 $33,231,081
Florida 9,056 $2,825,569 149,709 $687,738,568
Georgia 0 $0 $189,686,306
Hawaii 64,871 $27,751,238 38,986 $61,188,488
Idaho 57,728 $27,640,942 37,871 $38,092,696
Illinois 303,633 $79,655,246 197,540 $338,217,328
Indiana 172,225 $43,019,773 176,388 $232,137,871
Iowa 1,575 $498,020 41,323 $77,396,714
Kansas 1,269 $705,999 7,329 $47,896,061
Kentucky 627,464 $117,515,937 194,703 $287,249,967
Louisiana 6,961 $2,929,435 47,377 $137,155,970
Maine 91 $34,853 8,870 $17,496,677
Maryland 237,139 $48,796,991 120,167 $244,928,758
Massachusetts 383,044 $50,709,052 241,145 $253,910,157
Michigan 0 $0 360,947 $373,224,633
Minnesota 0 $0 44,937 $86,131,262
Mississippi 25,574 $8,763,813 49,842 $100,662,494
Missouri 153 $65,130 32,576 $87,447,389
Montana 6,812 $1,903,445 14,267 $9,370,494
Nebraska 4,726 $923,958 16,984 $25,542,544
Nevada 100,591 $48,184,609 100,531 $48,184,609
New Hampshire 0 $49,385 8,513 $10,129,694
New Jersey 348,510 $52,607,004 197,364 $305,806,690
New Mexico 251,491 $46,820,023 79,652 $95,680,731
New York 631,248 $265,913,244 458,712 $1,036,641,250
North Carolina 0 $0 320,329 $332,304,796
North Dakota 121 $52,531 5,985 $9,544,293
Ohio 500,323 $58,289,544 164,120 $320,025,177
Oklahoma 410,595 $45,599,858 205,298 $45,599,858
Oregon 0 $0 43,885 $106,865,924
Pennsylvania 1,245 $496,337 139,575 $366,171,910
Rhode Island 80,789 $5,628,653 27,139 $34,550,881
South Carolina 951 $313,637 128,934 $159,242,156
South Dakota 11 $4,275 7,484 $16,682,191
Tennessee 611,183 $145,050,905 297,473 $269,367,286
Texas 1,011 $357,675 268,121 $816,756,790
Utah 13,275 $8,048,964 17,566 $34,171,790
Vermont 2 $388 3,689 $15,049,063
Virginia 420,256 $70,959,264 172,256 $313,811,417
Virgin Islands 13,057 $2,696,102 10,175 $6,473,321
Washington 7,538 $5,480,135 139,757 $147,051,450
West Virginia 10 $3,013 20,111 $72,635,742
Wisconsin 0 $0 278,679 $113,249,867
Wyoming 25,547 $7,306,594 5,805 $9,143,554

Source: Food and Nutrition Service



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