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(The Center Square) – Eligible children in West Virginia will be able to receive a one-time additional benefit of $375 in food stamps this summer after the state got approval from the United States Department of Agriculture.

In mid-July, the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer will be added to existing P-EBT cards provided in the 2020-2021 program year. The state expects it will go to about 222,395 school children and 35,463 SNAP-enrolled children, costing the state $83.4 million and $13.3 million respectively.

“This is a great big deal,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement. “It could help many of our kids and our families. If you’re eligible, please make sure you take advantage of this opportunity, because it’s really good.”

A child is eligible if he or she is enrolled in a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program during the 2020-21 school year and qualified for free or reduced-cost school meals. A child is also eligible if he or she is less than 6 years old and the home receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

Students will only be eligible if they were enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Staff Reporter

Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and West Virginia for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.