Texas Gov. Greg Abbott discussed the details of the approved $1.4 billion in food pandemic benefits or Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT).
Gov. Greg Abbott Discussed Details of P-EBT
The Department of Agriculture has approved and granted the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to oversee an amount of $1.4 billion in food pandemic benefits. Eligible Texans will receive an amount of $391 each starting this month.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the Pandemic-electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program has been expanded. Not only those families who were directly impacted by COVID-19 can receive $391 but also those who did not directly get the infection can receive the P-EBT assistance late this month, according to The Orange Leader.
He also 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 Texan families across the state.”
HHS Released A Statement
HHS 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.”
Moreover, the Department of Agriculture allows all K-12 schools in each state who participate in this program to offer eligible students a standard benefit of $391 per child regardless of COVID-19 status declared health emergency at the federal and state level.