May 21, 2020 12:00 AM

🎥 Governor Kelly meets with President at the White House

Posted May 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Governor Laura Kelly and President Trump during Wednesday afternoon's meeting in the White House Cabinet Room -image scourtesy CSPAN
Governor Laura Kelly and President Trump during Wednesday afternoon's meeting in the White House Cabinet Room -image scourtesy CSPAN

WASHINGTON —Kansas Governor Laura Kelly met with President Trump Wednesday afternoon to discus the state’s phased reopening, statewide virus testing strategy and much more.

Click here to watch a portion of Governor Kelly's visit with the President.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and  Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr.  Debra Birx also attended the meeting.

Trump said both governors have done "a fantastic job.” 

"I know Laura will speak her mind and so will some of the others and if she was unhappy she'd be letting you know it," the President said.

"We've done a really great job. We've gotten along great with the democrat governors."

President Trump with a message board to show Governor Kelly what the Feds have done for Kansas during the pandemic providing 108, 332,082 surgical and exam gloves, 341,262 eye and face shields, 6,975,130 N95 masks and 1,714, 626 isolation and surgical gowns.
President Trump with a message board to show Governor Kelly what the Feds have done for Kansas during the pandemic providing 108, 332,082 surgical and exam gloves, 341,262 eye and face shields, 6,975,130 N95 masks and 1,714, 626 isolation and surgical gowns.

Before leaving Topeka, Kelly said the President understands that state and local governments need assistance well beyond stimulus three, the Cares Act, that will allow states to pay the bills for COVID-19 but will not allow states to cover any of the revenue losses that both the state government and local entities are experiencing. 

Kelly is expected to share more about her visit with the President during her Thursday afternoon press conference.

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May 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Kan. families receive additional food support through Pandemic EBT program

TOPEKA —The Department for Children and Families in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced this week the creation of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program (P-EBT). The program will help families who have been impacted by school closures due to COVID-19 to purchase food for their children.

“We know the pandemic has made it difficult for families to access food, especially if they relied on school meals,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Thanks to the partnership between DCF and KSDE the state will be able to automatically enroll most families into the P-EBT program, so they receive their benefit as quickly as possible.”

“Food insecurity should be the last thing our Kansas children should have to face right now,” Cheryl Johnson KSDE director of child nutrition and wellness said. “P-EBT provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs and avert financial hardship for families affected by the pandemic. I am thankful that through this partnership, Kansas is able to put healthy food on the table for Kansas children.”

P-EBT provides a one-time benefit of up to $291 on a Kansas Benefits Card to Kansas families whose children between the age of 5 to 18 would receive free or reduced-price meals at participating schools. There is no application process to receive the P-EBT benefit.

DCF will issue the benefit in phases. Those Kansas families who currently receive free or reduced-price meals and are enrolled in the food assistance or TANF programs should begin to receive their benefit later this week.

The second phase also will include an automatic match with those families on free or reduced-price meals and who also are receiving Medicaid or child care assistance.

The final phase will include families that need to provide additional information to receive the benefit. Those families will receive access to a parent portal to register for the program beginning June 5. Parents should receive information from their school district on how to access the parent portal.

“Most families should expect to see their benefit in the next two weeks,” DCF Secretary Laura Howard said. “If families have not yet received information about P-EBT, I encourage them to reach out to their local school district.”

In order to provide additional information about P-EBT and to answer questions, DCF is hosting a virtual town hall meeting tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon.

Virtual P-EBT Town Hall

Thursday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Use this link to join: https://bit.ly/KansasP-EBTTownHall