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NE Rejection Of EBT Program Brings Protest

Daniel Fishel for NPR

The State of Nebraska will not take part in the federal summer EBT program. It's a program that would give a 120-dollar EBT card to Nebraska kids whose household income makes them eligible for free and reduced school lunches. It is estimated that 150-thousand low-income Nebraska kids would benefit. That works out to approximately 18-million dollars for the state. The spokeswoman for Governor Pillen told the Nebraska Examiner that there are already places for youths to get free meals. Fifteen state senators have signed a letter asking the administration to reconsider.