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“Dear PoPville,

My kid goes to a school where all students receive free lunch. Because of this, our family is eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits ($28.50 per week for the time school was not open because of the quarantine, mid-March to mid-June), even though our household income would normally make us ineligible for other food benefits. It can only be spent on food. I’d prefer the funds go to someone in greater need than us, but I’m not sure what the best way to ensure this is.

They are apparently non-transferable. I’m hoping there is a food benefits program specialist out there who can tell us what the best thing to do is!

a) don’t use them and they’ll stay in the funding pool for those in need (or will this potentially reduce funding for next year or mean that the funds are wasted?)
b) use them to buy and donate needed food supplies to a local food pantry
or c) something else?

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