Louisiana applies for federal aid to feed low income families over the summer

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“U.S. Rep. Troy Carter asked Friday for flexibility from the U.S. Department of Agriculture the day after the Legislature and the state Department of Children and Family Services agreed to participate in a federal food program over the objections of Gov. Jeff Landry. In February DCFS declined to participate in the Summer EBT, which offers an extra $40 per child monthly in grocery-buying benefits while school is out to families who have school-aged children who receive free and reduced cost meals during the school year. Landry had contended that EBT was a COVID-era program, and families could avail themselves of other programs now that the pandemic is over.”

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