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FIS supports U.S. states by providing critical lunch funding under FFCRA

Jim Johnson, head of Financial Institution Payments and Wealth at FIS

Financial services technology provider FIS has announced that the FinTech is supporting U.S. states and territories under the U.S. Government’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to deliver required lunch and food benefits to families of school age children.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is an Act of Congress meant to respond to the economic impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Children who would receive free or reduced-price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the school closure are eligible under this provision.

Under the FFCRA, states and territories can provide Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) payments to these families of school-age children.

FIS has announced the company is distributing EBT cards that can be used by participating families for in-store or online grocery shopping. The FinTech is also providing processing and customer support services.

“For families in need, the importance of providing nutritious lunches doesn’t stop just because their kids aren’t in school. FIS is committed to assisting U.S. states and territories to leverage the P-EBT program to ensure that families receive this critical assistance during the current crisis,” said Jim Johnson, head of Financial Institution Payments and Wealth at FIS.

FIS is currently providing prepaid cards and processing services to 16 states that have been approved to participate in the P-EBT program: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, and Wyoming. More states are to be added in the coming weeks.

The FinTech has also enabled 16 states to provide online purchasing of food for more than nine million households in the U.S. through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) under a pilot program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Established since 1968, FIS is a provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. The company recently launched iQ Now, a mobile app for Worldpay’s SMBs.

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