For Texas families with kids who suddenly lost access to federally funded summer meal programs as a result of COVID-19, Governor- Greg Abbott recently announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) had got permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the fifth round of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits.
Governor Abbott stated that “The State of Texas continues to work to assure families and children affected by school closures have access to nutritional meals.” I appreciate HHSC and TEA collaborating with the USDA to offer these food benefits to families all around Texas.
Wayne Salter, the HHS deputy executive commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services, said, “We’re happy to be helping families in Texas so they can provide meals to their children.” Children who are healthy can concentrate on studying instead of worrying about where they will eat their next meal.”
HHSC gained federal approval to offer more than $1.4 billion in benefits to roughly 3.5 million qualified children in Texas during this fifth round of pandemic food assistance. Approximately $6.32 billion in P-EBT food benefits have been given to Texas families to date by HHSC.
HHSC, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Education Agency collaborate on P-EBT (TEA). P-EBT offers a one-time benefit of $391 for each eligible kid in this round, which goes from June to August, and can be used to pay for groceries in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits.
A student must have been registered at an NSLP campus at the end of the 2021–2022 school year in order to be eligible. They must also have been registered for free or discounted meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at their Texas school during the 2021–2022 school year or at any time this summer (June to August 2022). This applies to kids who were rejected P-EBT benefits for the 2021–2022 school year as a result of absences reported under COVID-19 by their school.
Beginning in November, a notice with a claim code will be mailed to eligible Texans who have never received P-EBT or SNAP benefits. You can use this code to submit a P-EBT benefit claim. From the date of the notice, families have 90 days to submit a benefits claim.