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Texas Education Agency opens pandemic food benefits application

Virginia: Food Lion Grocery Store
Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 23:09:12-04

The Texas Education Agency announced on Facebook that its Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer application is open on Wednesday.

The P-EBT is a one-time benefit for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to COVID-19 related school closures.

Families are eligible for up to $285 per child as long as they have a child at or below age 21 who received free or reduced meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year. Families are also eligible for the benefit if their child attends a school where free meals are offered to all students or if they are ages 5-18 and received SNAP food benefits in March of 2020.

The online application must be completed if a family is not enrolled in SNAP or if a family has children under age 5 or between the ages of 19-21 that received SNAP benefits in March of 2020.

Eligible families that already receive SNAP will have their P-EBT benefits loaded onto their current loan star card. A P-EBT card will be mailed to families who do not receive SNAP benefits.

Receiving P-EBT benefits will not stop families from receiving additional benefits. The P-EBT may be used on fruit, meat, dairy, and bread products wherever SNAP food benefits are accepted.