Berkshire County families with children who qualify for free and reduced school meals will be getting what one superintendent described as a “big, big boost.”

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Massachusetts is one of the first states in the country to launch the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program, which was signed into law last month.

Families that do not have EBT card will receive the new cards by mail. Families who do have EBT cards will have the funds from the P-EBT program added electronically to their cards.

For more information, call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333 (TTY 800-377-1292). The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.