The V.I. Department of Human Services has received federal approval to implement a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, program to provide food assistance for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, greenlighted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service program, will assist roughly 15,000 children and deliver more than $5.6 million to the territory, according to a news release from the Department of Human Services.