Stimulus Update: 2.1 Million Texas Schoolchildren Qualify for Fourth Round of Pandemic EBT Food Benefits

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On Apr. 12, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a fourth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits.

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The P-EBT benefits are for Texas families with children in kindergarten through grade 12 through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-related absences, virtual attendance or closures.

“Thank you to HHSC and TEA for working with the USDA to secure these food benefits for Texas families,” said Abbott. “The P-EBT program has strengthened our efforts over the past two years to ensure families and children across the state have access to nutritious meals.”

The HHSC will provide more than $626 million in benefits to 2.1 million eligible children in Texas for the 2021-2022 school year. So far, approximately $6.13 billion in P-EBT food benefits has been delivered to Texas families.

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According to the Office of the Texas Governor, P-EBT is based on the number of days a student did not receive in-person instruction due to COVID-19 illness. For each eligible day, families will receive $7.10.

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Families who receive SNAP or have received P-EBT in the past will receive benefits on their Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card. For families who don’t receive SNAP or have never received P-EBT, a notice with a claim code will be mailed asking for additional information. Benefits for eligible children can be claimed within 90 days by calling the P-EBT Call Center or visiting

Some families may receive P-EBT benefits the week of Apr. 18, while others may receive their benefits beginning in July. This is based on when schools provide information to the HHSC.

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