Iowa Department of Health and Human Services sending grocery vouchers to needy families


Iowa families will soon be getting federally-funded benefit cards to help pay for groceries.

The Des Moines Register reports the money comes from the summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program or P-EBT. The federal program was created in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides eligible families with cards paid for by the federal government that can be used to buy food at grocery stores.

School-aged kids who received free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program last school year are eligible for the benefit. The cards will be loaded with $120 per eligible child.

Iowa was one of the last states in the country to apply for the program; the cards should be in families’ hands by October 4th.