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Gov. Greg Abbott; $1.4 Billion Food Pandemic Benefit, Who Will Receive the Aid?

$1.4 billion food pandemic benefit
Gov. Greg Abbott announced $1.4 billion food pandemic benefit. (Photo: Michigan Radio)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the fifth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT).

$1.4 billion food pandemic benefit

Gov. Greg Abbott announced $1.4 billion food pandemic benefit. (Photo: Michigan Radio)

$1.4 Billion Food Pandemic Benefit for Texans

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will oversee the distribution of the approved $1.4 billion food pandemic benefit. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also announced this good news to his fellow Texans and thanked the Department for its approval.

He said “The State of Texas continues working to ensure families and children impacted by school closures have access to nutritious meals. I thank HHSC and TEA for working with the USDA to provide these food benefits for Texas families across the state.”

Meanwhile, Wayne Salter, HHS deputy executive commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services also 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.”

Who Will Receive the $1.4 Billion Food Pandemic Benefit?

A student must have been enrolled at an NSLP campus at the end of the 2021–2022 school year in order to be eligible. They must also have been certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at their Texas school during the 2021–2022 school year or at any time during the summer (June to August 2022). This applies to kids who were denied P-EBT payments for the 2021–2022 school year as a result of absences reported under COVID-19 by their school, according to an article published on the official website of Gov. Greg Abbott.

Beginning in November, a notification with a claim code will be mailed to eligible Texans who have never received P-EBT payments or SNAP assistance. When using or by calling the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255, this code can be used to claim P-EBT benefits. From the date of the notice, households have 90 days to submit a benefit claim.