Families of more than 200,000 children in the state of Connecticut will receive additional Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits starting on Monday, according to the governor’s office.

The Department of Social Services and the Department of Education are distributing benefits of $25.1 million. This amounts to about $120 per child.

Children who are enrolled in the state’s free and reduced school lunch program will receive the benefits if they are also covered under SNAP, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), or Medicaid.

“These additional SNAP benefits will help provide quality, nutritious food to children just as they are beginning the school year,” said Governor Lamont in a statement.

This is the second round of additional SNAP funding for the state’s low-income children after an August disbursement to just 57,000 children.

Funding for these expanded SNAP benefits came from a federal program called Summer Pandemic EBT: Children in Schools.

“We know that it’s easier for students to concentrate on learning when they have access to healthy, nutritious food,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. “As the school year gets underway, these federal dollars will help families provide what their kids need to be successful.”

It also comes as the state recently expanded access to free and reduced school lunches (and breakfast) to cover more students. That expansion was funded with $16 million in American Rescue Plan funding provided to the state.

A third round of additional SNAP benefits is expected in mid-September and will add another $11.6 million to the program, this time benefiting children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches but who do not receive benefits from SNAP, TFA, or Medicaid.

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