The Texas Health and Human Services Commission got clearance from the United States Department of Agriculture for the fourth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits on April 12, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.
Through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), P-EBT benefits are available to Texas families with children in kindergarten through grade 12 who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-related absences, virtual attendance, or closures.
“Thank you to HHSC and the Texas Department of Agriculture for collaborating with the USDA to achieve these food benefits for Texas families,” Abbott stated. “
Over the last two years, the P-EBT program has bolstered our efforts to guarantee that families and children across the state have access to nutritious meals.”
For the 2021-2022 school year, the HHSC will distribute more than $626 million in benefits to 2.1 million eligible children in Texas. Texas families have received nearly $6.13 billion in P-EBT food subsidies so far.
P-EBT is based on the number of days a student did not get in-person instruction due to COVID-19 sickness, according to the Texas Governor’s Office. Families will earn $7.10 for each eligible day.
Benefits will be received on the Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card for families that receive SNAP or have previously received P-EBT. A notification with a claim code will be addressed to families who do not get SNAP or have never received P-EBT, requesting additional information.
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Call the P-EBT Call Center or go to YourTexasBenefits.com to claim benefits for eligible children within 90 days.
Some families may start receiving P-EBT benefits the week of April 18, while others may start receiving them in July. This is determined by when schools submit data to the HHSC.