Texas families will receive some financial help from the State of Texas to buy groceries, in the form of a one-time payment, as a part of a recently approved USDA program to help feed children during these trying times.
The program, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), is a $1 billion program, that will give families with children 21 years of age and younger $285 per child according to a press release from Feeding Texas and the Texas Health and Human Services website.
The P-EBT program was authorized through the Families First Cornavirus Response Act, allowing states to help families that rely on their children receiving free and reduced school meals when school is in session. Texas is reported as the 23rd state out of 25 states that have been approved to provide these benefits as of May 12.
Families who are already enrolled in and receive SNAP benefits do not need to do anything, as the benefits will be added to their Lonestar SNAP cards by May 22.
“We encourage all eligible families to take advantage of this one-time benefit to help them put food on the table,” Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas said. “Feeding Texas will be working with food banks, schools, social workers and community leaders to inform families about their eligibility for P-EBT and how to enroll.”
By May 31, families who do not regularly use the SNAP program will receive a letter from their school district that will include instructions on how to register for the P-EBT program through an easy online application. Once registered and applications are processed those families will receive an EBT card with those benefits loaded on to the card reflecting $285 for each child.
Also, the P-EBT program is available to all families who qualify, no matter immigration status, and WILL NOT keep a family member from being able to receive a green card.
“Good grades and good nutrition go hand in hand,” Cole said in the press release from Feeding Texas. “If we want Texas children to go back to school in the fall nourished and ready to learn, we need to make sure everyone can afford to eat throughout this health and economic crisis.”
To learn more about the P-EBT program and what you need to do to receive these benefits, visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt.