The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture to distribute the fourth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer food benefits to Texas families with children who were temporarily denied access to free or reduced-price school meals as a result of COVID-19, according to the commission.
Wayne Salter, the deputy executive commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue the successful P-EBT program in Texas.
In the wake of school closures, these food benefits provide much-needed support to families and children who are impacted by them.”
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has been granted federal approval to deliver more than $626 million in benefits to nearly 2.1 million eligible children in the state of Texas for the 2021-22 school year.
Too far, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services has distributed roughly $6.13 billion in P-EBT food payments to Texas families.
It is a collaborative initiative of the Houston Health Sciences Center, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Education Agency.
In order to be eligible for the P-EBT program for the 2021-22 school year, a student must be certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program at their Texas school and have experienced COVID-related absences, virtual attendance, or campus closures during the previous school year.
The P-EBT for the 2021-22 school year is calculated based on the number of days a student did not receive in-person instruction due to COVID-19 sickness during that school year. Families will earn $7.10 for each day that they are eligible.
It is not necessary for a child to be eligible for P-EBT if he or she is receiving free lunches at school. NSLP-certified students are those who have completed a school-approved NSLP household application,
who has been directly certified through programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or the TANF, or who is enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision school or a Provision 2-certified school, among other things?
Families who are presently receiving SNAP benefits, as well as those who have previously received P-EBT benefits, will continue to receive benefits on their existing Lone Star Card or P-EBT card.
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They will receive a letter in the mail with information regarding their student’s benefit amount, and they will not be required to take any more action.
Because more information is required to give benefits to eligible families who do not presently receive SNAP and have never received P-EBT, eligible families who do not now receive SNAP and have never received P-EBT will be mailed an informational letter with a claim code.
When they get the notice, they will be directed to the P-EBT Call Center or YourTexasBenefits.com to claim benefits for qualified students within 90 days of the date of the notice.
The P-EBT benefits will begin to be distributed to some families as early as the week of April 18. Other families may begin receiving their benefits as early as July, depending on when schools submit student information to the HHSC for processing.