During 2020 and 2021, millions of Americans were given a series of stimulus checks.  The idea behind these checks is that they would stimulate the economy, which had been left stagnant by the pandemic restrictions.  They were intended to be used to eat at restaurants, to be used for home projects, and to be spent at entertainment venues.

In many cases, however, these checks were used to pay for the basic necessities of life.  This is especially true during the early days, when those who were laid off were having issues getting unemployment benefits.

Even though children were factored in to the amount of money that each family was given, one issue was left unaddressed.  The fact that some families were counting on free or reduced breakfast and lunch from school.  Of course, with schools closed, the kids never got the advantage of that free (or discounted) food.

The Maine Department of Health & Human Services is now going to correct that issue.

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Qearl Hu / Unsplash

According to WGME, about 150,000 children will be getting a P-EBT card in the mail.  On that card will be anywhere from $40 to $120.  That money is intended to make up for the fact that they did not get that benefit while schools were fully remote.  Recipients will be able to use those cards anywhere that SNAP benefits are accepted.

Apparently, the cards have already gone out in some places.  And, since there was no warning, some people have been kind of confused by their arrival.  If you know someone who was unsure why they got a card, please share this article with them.

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Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.

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