Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city will provide more than 6,000 families $800 in vouchers for any Safeway store in the state, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The program will benefit “eligible families who are currently enrolled in city-supported child care programs and food assistance programs,” the statement said. “As schools and child care facilities close, we need to do everything we can to support families and ensure they can put food on the table,” Mayor Durkan said in the statement.

The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) will distribute the grocery vouchers in two $400 installments, and vouchers will be distributed by mail as early as this week, the statement added. 

The vouchers will allow recipients to buy food and household goods but not tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets or fuel, the Mayor’s office explained in the statement. Voucher use will also requires a free Safeway membership, which residents can immediately access at any Safeway location.

Source: CNN News

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