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Food Benefits During Pandemic
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The  Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) application is extended until August 21, 2020. P-EBT helps families get the food they need during the current pandemic by providing a one-time benefit of $285 per eligible child. While P-EBT has already issued benefits to nearly 2.8 million Texas children, there are more families that are eligible for this one-time benefit but have not submitted an application. Families can apply by submitting an application to (URL is case-sensitive).

The Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) request that schools attempt additional outreach to P-EBT eligible families as the application is extended until August 21, 2020. Children who are certified for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program during the 2019-20 Texas school year are eligible to apply. In addition, children who attended a school that offered free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2) through the National School Lunch Program are also eligible.

Eligible families that have children 5-18 years old as of March 17, 2020 and received SNAP benefits for March have already received P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card by May 22. SNAP recipients that did not receive SNAP benefits in March 2020 or have eligible children under the age of 5 or between the ages 19-21 on SNAP still need to apply for P-EBT. All other eligible families must apply to receive P-EBT benefits.


English and Spanish versions of the outreach materials are also available under Child Nutrition Guidance on the TEA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance website.

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