Tag: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

SNAP Recipients Get A Bump In Payments Due To COVID-19, Automatic 6-Month Extension Of Benefits

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Human Services said Tuesday it was alerted that the USVI has received a temporary increase to the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments due to COVID-19. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020, increases Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by […]

Grateful St. Croix Residents Receive Boxes Of Free Fresh Produce From The USDA

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department participated in a surplus food distribution event that was held on Saturday in Estate Grove Place. “Food was donated by USDA through the Surplus Food Program,” the VIPD said. “This was possible because of COVID-19, since farmers can’t distribute crops to stores and restaurants.” Teams were spread out […]

P-EBT Not Approved For October, November December, DHS Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Wednesday that the PEBT plan for October, November or December issuance has not been approved. While discussions continue with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to issue additional emergency Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits, the approval to do so […]

Food Care Boxes From USDA Distributed In St. Thomas On Saturday Morning

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Residents of the Knolls at Contant got some much needed food thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture this weekend. Food care boxes from the USDA’s “Farms to Families” program were handed out on Saturday morning, according to Annette Jennings Raimer. Jennings Raimer said there are at least 40 elderly residents over […]

Human Services Confirms That No P-EBT Has Been Approved For October

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In June 2020, the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to implement an emergency Pandemic EBT program (P-EBT). P-EBT was and is granted as a one-time issuance, not a monthly benefit, according to Human Services. “There was […]

DHS Says 2nd Round of P-EBT Payments Have Been Approved By Feds For School Year 2020-2021

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Human Services (DHS) said today a second round of P-EBT food assistance for August and September of the 2020/2021 school year has been approved by the federal government. The total amount of this issuance benefit to territory is an additional $1,513,308.96. The benefit is intended to help families supplement […]

Parents Of Students In School Lunch Program Should Have Received P-EBT Cards By Now, DHS Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Human Services (DHS) said that all parents and guardians of children who attended schools that participated in the federally funded, School Lunch Program need to call  the P-EBT Hotline if they have not received the P-EBT card or cards they were expecting for children enrolled in eligible schools during the […]

Due To Drought Conditions, USVI Farmers Might Qualify For USDA’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In the past year, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA) in conjunction with the UVI Cooperative Extension Service Environmental Health and Climate Team, successfullyapplied for and became a part of the U.S. Drought Monitor which shows the location and intensity of droughts across the United States and its territories. This became […]

DHS Says P-EBT Benefits For USVI Families Start Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the distribution of food assistance to over 13,000 children (from schools that participated in the School Lunch Program) totaling over $4.9 million additional dollars to the territory via an Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBT). After much anticipation, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits began to roll […]

Families Receiving SNAP Should Get $379 Per School-Age Child In P-EBT Benefits In 2 Weeks: DHS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year, but their school is or was closed during a public health emergency. “The Department of Human Services (DHS) apologizes for the delay in the issuance of Pandemic EBT benefits,” […]