14 GOP-led states that rejected money to help feed kids this summer

14 GOP-led states that rejected money to help feed kids this summer

The federal government’s Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which provides low-income families with $120 in food assistance per eligible child while schools are out of session, will officially launch as a permanent program this summer. Started in 2011 as a pilot project that served 12,500 families, Summer EBT has grown exponentially over the past decade and will reportedly help just under 21 million children this summer. The federal government estimates that it will provide $2.5 billion in benefits—a light lift for states, which need only split the administrative costs with the federal government.

Unfortunately, 14 states—all of which currently have Republican governors—have rejected using federal money to help feed millions of children while school is out for summer. According to the Associated Press, those 14 states are home to around 10 million eligible children.

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