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FAMILIES of public-school children across the US are getting a bite of extra stimulus money from the CARES Act.

States are sending families the money that would have been spent on their child’s school lunch had schools not been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Getty Images - Getty 2 Families of public-school children across the US are getting a bite of extra stimulus money

Households with children qualifying for free or reduced lunch have been receiving the surplus money that the state would have used to provide them lunch.

The money, which has been disbursed over the past few months, can be spent at supermarkets, greenmarkets and other grocery stores.

This extra one-time boost is called P-EBT, or Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, and the amount varies by state.

In New York City, every lunch is free for every public school child, so families will get $420 per enrolled student.

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In Iowa, that prepaid debit card will go only to families enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program and will hold about $307.

The benefits will either go to a family’s existing EBT or Medicaid card, or the state will mail them a fresh card.

The money comes in addition to any food benefits the family may be using, such as SNAP, and comes with the same conditions as SNAP: it cannot be used to buy hot food, prepared food, pet food, or non-food items.

P-EBT is a provision of the CARES Act, a federal stimulus passed in March that provided a one-time $1200 stimulus check and also granted an extra $600 per week to people receiving unemployment.

But as the pandemic continues and the US economy shrank by a record 33% in the past quarter, congress is working on a second stimulus.

But Democratic and Republican proposals–the HEROES Act in the House and the HEALS Act in the Senate, respectively–are in competition.

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The proposals have different priorities, with the Democratic proposal offering rental and mortgage assistance while the Republican proposal includes a five-year exemption from liability for business owners if their employees become infected with the virus on the job.

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Stimulus check ‘won’t be sent for at least 12 DAYS’ because ‘top Trump official is out of office for the week’

STIMULUS checks "won’t be sent for at least 12 DAYS" because a top Trump official is reportedly out of office for the week.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is out of office this week, meaning that a coronavirus package likely will not come until next week when he returns, Politico reported.

6Mock-up of a coronavirus stimulus checkCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Stimulus checks are not likely to be sent out for more than a week as White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows is out of officeCredit: AFP or licensors 6President Trump speaks at a coronavirus press conferenceCredit: Alamy Live News

The President's top aide is out, as Democrat and Republican senators continue to try and negotiate the details of another package.

With Meadows not in, it's likely a deal – including stimulus checks – would not be made until next week.

A deal must be made with Democrats and Republicans, and signed off by President Trump – but with his top aide out, that likely won't come with Meadows gone, Polito reported.

Additionally, the White House "feels confident they have the upper hand," after President Trump signed executive actions granting a $400 bump in unemployment over the weekend, according to Politico.

There was hope stimulus checks could be delivered in less than a week, as coronavirus cases in the US continue to climb and millions of Americans are unemployed.

Once a deal is reached, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he would start printing checks almost immediately.

6Meadows is one of Trump's top aidesCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Meadows is involved with negotiations on another emergency coronavirus stimulusCredit: AFP or licensors

Last week, Democrats proposed a $2trillion emergency coronavirus package deal – but it was rejected by the White House.

Following the denied stimulus deal, Mnuchin said that the Trump administration is willing to "spend what it needs to spend" and continue negotiations with Democrats.

The Democrat-backed $3.4trillion HEROES Act was passed in the House in May, and Republicans in late July revealed their own $1trillion stimulus package.

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The two sides have since been working to come to an agreement on details of another stimulus.

Part of the deal will likely include $1,200 checks for individual Americans.

It's yet to be worked out, however, exactly how that will look – and things like how much would be given for children or what the household cap would be.

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