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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Announces $1.4 Billion Food Benefits, Are You Eligible?

Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Greg Abbott announced $1.4 billion food benefits. (Photo: FOX)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that an amount of $1.4 billion will be given to Texas families.

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott announced $1.4 billion food benefits. (Photo: FOX)

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Statement on $1.4 Billion Food Benefits

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has been given U.S. approval, according to Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement. Department of Agriculture will provide Texas families with children who temporarily lost access to federally supported summer meal programs as a result of COVID-19 with the fifth round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT).

Gov. Greg Abbott 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,” according to a published article in CONROE TODAY.

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

Are You Eligible?

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.

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.

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