Have your Kids lost access to free or reduced-price school meals?
Because of school closures from COVID-19, Texas families are receiving more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits that have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides eligible families with a one-time payment for each child who previously received free or reduced-price meals. P-EBT works the same way the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do and will help families get the food they need during the current pandemic. P-EBT will be administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Education Agency.
The application for P-EBT will be open until July 31, 2020.
What is it?
P-EBT is a one-time benefit for families who have lost access to free or reduced-price meals because of closures related to COVID-19. All North Texas students who receive free and reduced lunch should qualify for a P-EBT card.
P-EBT is $285 per eligible child. This amount is based on the average number of days schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.
Who is eligible:
All Children who are 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020 and children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year.
If you think you’re eligible or want to learn more, contact the P-EBT Call Center at 833-613-6220 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Central Time.
Your ISD should have sent you a link to an online application by the first week of June. Once HHSC receives the application and verifies your eligibility with the school list, you will receive a Texas P-EBT card in the mail that includes P-EBT funds.
Yes, if your children are eligible for P-EBT, you will get it even if you currently receive free meals from your school district.
What if you already receive SNAP benefits?
For existing SNAP customers with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be added to your current EBT card automatically. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits. If you are a current SNAP recipient, you can see the balance of your Lone Star Card information on YourTexasBenefits.com
What if you don’t receive a card?
First, check in the PCPS Parent Portal to be sure your mailing address is correct.
IMPORTANT!! This is NOT a program run by any of our local ISD’s. Neither your school or the district will be able to help.
What can you purchase with P-EBT benefits?
Households can use P-EBT benefits to buy breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Households cannot use P-EBT benefits to buy nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vitamins, medicines, food to eat in the store, or hot foods.
Do the benefits expire?
Yes, 365 days after being issued.
Don’t need the money?
If you do not need this additional income, we encourage you to use it to purchase non-perishable food items to donate to a local non-profit organization.