Idaho was the last state to start, but it will begin sending out retroactive payments Tuesday to families with children eligible for free- or reduced-price school lunches who missed out on those meals during school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Idaho Health & Welfare Deputy Director Lori Wolff told the Board of Health & Welfare today, “We did finally get a plan in place and it was approved by the feds.” You can read my full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Friday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Idaho will be distributing about $302 per child to about 127,000 children, Wolff said. “So we expect to distribute, over a couple of weeks, $38 million to families.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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