A third round of $ 1.4 billion pandemic-related federal food benefits will soon be sent to Texas families with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 .
The Texas Commission on Human Services and Health announced Tuesday that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the federal pandemic benefits electronic money transfer (P-EBT) food benefits program during the summer.
The summer P-EBT, which runs from June to August, provides a one-time benefit of $ 375 per eligible child to approximately 3.7 million Texas families and can be used in the same way as the Food Benefits Program. supplemental nutritional assistance (SNAP) to pay for groceries.
“When kids across the state start going back to school, we are grateful to be able to offer that added benefit so that jeans can provide nutritious food for their families,” said Wayne Salter, deputy executive commissioner for school services. HHS access and eligibility.
The details of state eligibility are detailed below.
Grades K to 12 children who chose P-EBT benefits during the 2020-21 school year may be eligible for summer P-EBT benefits as long as they were enrolled in school during the last month of the school year. This includes children who did not receive a P-EBT benefit from the 2020-2021 school year based on the percentage of virtual attendance provided by their schools.
Families who previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year will automatically receive summer P-EBT benefits and do not need to take any action. Children born after August 1, 2014 who receive SNAP food benefits at any time between June 2021 and August 2021 will automatically receive P-EBT summer benefits on their Lone Star card. These families do not require any action.
Families who did not apply for the P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year can still apply before September 13th.
Some children who were not eligible for P-EBT benefits from the 2020-21 school year, but who attended a Texas school during the last month of the school year, may still be eligible for summer P-EBT. Schools and districts share additional information with families about NSLP eligibility, including a reminder to complete the application for free, reduced-price meals (NSLP form) by August 28, 2021. Schools will provide the child’s information to HHSC to issue the summer Benefits of P-EBT.
Eligible families will receive summer P-EBT benefits in the fall. Visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT call center at 833-442-1255 for more information.
To date, HHSC has distributed approximately $ 4.7 billion in P-EBT food benefits to Texas families. The P-EBT summer administration is a joint effort of HHSC, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Education Agency.