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President Biden plans to sign an executive order on Friday that would increase food stamp benefits to help people going hungry amid the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, his top economic adviser, Brian Deese, told reporters.

Biden has already proposed a $1.9 trillion relief package to Congress that includes direct payments and other types of aid for people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. In the meantime, he is directing his administration to take steps to tweak programs to try to provide some assistance.

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Federal authorities have approved Ohio's new plan to extend a COVID-related program for 600 thousand eligible school kids missing out on free or reduced-price meals.

State officials say some Ohio school children are eligible to receive 300 dollars in reimbursements for free and reduced lunches.  

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Families that are part of their school district's free or reduced-price meal programs will soon receive assistance to help buy food through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which just received federal approval.