AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has approved a third round of federal pandemic electronic power transmission (P-EBT) for food for families with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Children who temporarily do not have access to free or reduced school meals due to COVID-19.
The Summer P-EBT, which covers June through August, offers a one-time benefit of $ 375 per eligible child and can be used to pay for food in the same way as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits. The administration of the Summer P-EBT is a joint effort by the HHSC, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Education Agency.
“Thank you HHSC and USDA for working together to ensure that families in Texas can continue to bring food to the table,” said Governor Abbott. “This third round of pandemic food aid will help us continue to provide nutritious food to both families and their children.”
“When the kids go back to school across the state, we’re grateful that we can provide this added benefit so Texans can provide nutritious food to their families,” said Wayne Salter, HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services.
In this third round of pandemic food benefits, HHSC received federal approval to provide more than $ 1.4 billion in benefits to approximately 3.7 million eligible children in Texas. To date, HHSC has distributed approximately $ 4.7 billion in P-EBT food benefits to Texas families.
Summer P-EBT is for families with children in grades K through 12 who are certified for free or discounted meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and families with children born after August 1, 2014, the SNAP . get food benefits.
Children in grades K to 12 who were entitled to P-EBT benefits in the 2020/21 school year are entitled to summer P-EBT benefits as long as they were still enrolled in school in the last month of the school year. This includes children who did not receive a P-EBT benefit for the 2020-21 school year based on the virtual attendance percentage provided by their schools.
Families who previously received the P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year automatically receive the summer P-EBT benefits and do not have to do anything. Children born after August 1, 2014 who received SNAP food benefits between June 2021 and August 2021 will automatically receive the summer P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card. No action is required from these families.
Families who have not applied for the 2020-2021 P-EBT school year can still apply until September 13th. If they are entitled to the P-EBT benefit for the school year, their children will automatically also receive summer P-EBT.
Some children who were not eligible for 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits but attended a Texan school in the last month of the school year may still be eligible for Summer P-EBT.
Schools and districts will provide families with additional information about NSLP eligibility, including a reminder to complete the Free and Discounted Meal Budget Application (NSLP form) by August 28, 2021 for P-EBT benefits.
Eligible families will receive summer P-EBT benefits in autumn. Visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255 to learn more.
SNAP offers nutritional benefits to add to the food budgets of families in need so that they can buy healthy groceries and support themselves.
In Texas, the SNAP benefits are carried over to the Lone Star Card (EBT card), which can be used like a credit card in any business that accepts SNAP. Texas Health and Human Services administers the federal program across the state.
Government-funded school lunch programs include the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program. The School Meal Programs provide over 5 million meals a day to Texas children in school and childcare facilities.
The School Meal Programs serve nutritious, affordable, or free meals to students in Texas public and nonprofit private schools. Meals must meet federal nutritional guidelines. The Texas Department of Agriculture administers SBP and NSLP in Texas.