Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the fifth round of Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer was already approved and an amount of $391 will hit the bank of Texans this November and December.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says Each Texan Will Receive $391
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week the approval of the fifth round of Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Along with this, he also confirmed that the state was already included in the program since August this year.
Through this approval, each member of Texan families eligible for this program will receive an amount of $391 P-EBT in food pandemic benefits. This will be distributed one-time this November and December since Texas was not able to distribute last summer.
HHSC Released a Statement
HHSC deputy executive commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services Wayne Salter said, “We’re proud to be supporting families in Texas so they can provide food to their children. Being well-nourished allows children to focus on learning rather than where their next meal will come from.”
It is estimated that roughly 3.5 million Texans will benefit from this program. This will cover the summer meal expenses from June 1-Aug. 30, according to HHSC. The total amount to be distributed to Texans will be $1.4 billion or $391 for each member of the family, according to an article published in COMMUNITY IMPACT.
Like other EBT and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, these can be used to pay for food. According to the announcement, students must have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2021–2022 academic year or the summer after. The National School Lunch Program, in which most school districts in Texas are participating, offers free and reduced-price lunches.