Louisiana approves extra EBT funds to feed students

Louisiana has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed as many as 611,430 students during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced.

Under the new Pandemic EBT program, families of children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals. All Louisiana public school and many non-public school facilities have been closed since March 16 because of the pandemic.

Free COVID-19 testing

Richland Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director Dawn Williams with the assistance of Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office announces FREE mobile community-based test sites for COVID-19 in Richland Parish.

"This is an important addition to our testing capabilities," Williams said. "The only way to know the real impact that this virus has had, is to test as many people as possible. We actually have to expand testing if we hope to successfully avoid another significant wave of infections as we emerge from our restrictions on social distancing."


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