School District sending out EBT cards for families to buy meals

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia is reminding parents that help with summertime meals is on the way to their mailboxes. 

Every parent in the district should be receiving a card to help them buy food for their children. Superintendent William Hite said the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, cards were funded though the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

"Each card will be loaded with $365, and it's meant to provide those young people who would otherwise have access to free or reduced price meals when schools are open so that they would have access to meals during the summer," he explained.

Families that already have EBT cards will automatically receive the benefit for each student. All district families and those from charters that participate in the National School Lunch Program are eligible. There are no income requirements. 

Hite said because such a high percentage of district families are low-income, the entire district qualifies for free or reduced price meals. Families that don't need the benefit can simply return it.