$1.4 Billion Pandemic Food Benefits For Families in Texas
An announcement by Governor Greg Abbott was published today which states that the Texas HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) received approval from the US DA (Department of Agriculture) for the fifth round of P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) food benefits for families in Texas with children who temporarily lost access to the federal funded summer meal programs due to COVID-19. Governor Abbott stated that the state of Texas is continuously working to make sure that the families and children in Texas impacted by school closures have access to nutritious meals. He also thanks the HHSC and TEA for working with the US DA to provide these benefits to families across the state.
Federal Approval of $1.4 Billion Food Benefits
According to a published post by the Office of the Texas Governor, Texas HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) has received federal approval for the fifth round of pandemic food benefits to provide for an estimated 3.5 million eligible children in Texas. The HHSC has already distributed approximately $6.32 Billion in P-EBT food benefits to Texas families. To be considered as an eligible candidate to receive such a benefit, a student should be certified for free or reduced-priced meals through the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) at the Texas school during the school year 2021-2022 or at any time during the summer period and have been enrolled at an NSLP campus at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.