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DHHS will pay EBT benefits in the event of a pandemic

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will pay P-EBT benefits on August 16.

P-EBT is a program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals and impacted by COVID-related school absences. DHHS, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), oversees the payment of benefits.

The August 16 disbursement is one of four benefit issuances included in the fourth round of P-EBT. The first installment was on April 20, and the last installment is scheduled for August 16. Benefit amounts are determined based on the number of COVID-19 related absences a student has had per month.

Families who qualify for the fourth round of P-EBT and already have a P-EBT card will have their benefits automatically loaded onto their P-EBT card if no changes have occurred. Families who do not currently have a P-EBT card will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. Students who missed 16 days or more will receive $121 per month, students who missed 6-15 days will receive $71 per month, and students who missed 1-5 days will receive $21 per month. Families with questions about their eligibility should contact their school; questions regarding the P-EBT program should be directed to [email protected]

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Students are considered eligible for P-EBT benefits if they had COVID-related absences during the 21-22 school year and their school district declared them eligible for NDE. If a family believes their student had a COVID-related absence and did not receive stipends, they can contact [email protected] to request a reconsideration.

Receiving P-EBT benefits will not affect a family’s ability to receive other benefits, and benefits are valid for nine months after you receive them. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets that accept SNAP EBT, and to buy groceries online at Amazon, Aldi, and Walmart.

Blood drive scheduled for Sunday

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 at Nickerson Fire Hall. All blood groups are required.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS and mention Salem Health Cabinet/Nickerson Fire Dept.

Donors should bring their donor card or photo ID and eat breakfast/lunch and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Donors can streamline their donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting redcross-blood.org/rapid pass to answer their questions about pre-donation readings and medical history on the day of their appointment.

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Richard V. Johnson