Thousands of Oklahoma families will receive benefits under a new program established by two departments that is designed to provide extra food benefits to families with children that would have received free or reduced-price meals at school in the spring.
The new program was established by the state’s human services and education departments.
DHS officials said the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program was created to distribute food benefits to families that did not receive them during the 44-day period when public schools closed at the end of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials said the program will give $35.9 million to 80,158 Oklahoma homes enrolled in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The program will also give $75.1 million to 231,863 non-SNAP households, DHS officials said in a news release.
The department will automatically send benefits to eligible families, officials said.
Families do not need to complete any application to obtain those benefits, it was said.
Families that believe they are eligible to receive benefits but who haven’t received them by Aug. 30 may contact DHS at 405-522-5050.