P-EBT OUTREACH MATERIALS AND APPLICATION LINK FROM TEA , TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND TEXAS HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

P-EBT

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides food benefits to families with enrolled students (up to 21 years of age) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Health and Human Services request that schools attempt to contact eligible families before the application opens June 2, 2021. Thank you for your assistance with the P-EBT program. We appreciate all the work you do to help make sure Texas families have access to food during this time.

To apply, go to yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT (application link is case-sensitive). The application opens June 2. Deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2021. 

Who is Eligible?

  • Students who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school that offers free meals to all students.
  • Children born after Aug. 1, 2014, in families who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021. 

Who Needs to Apply?

  • A parent/guardian must apply if eligible student is:
    • Enrolled in K-12 and NOT part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and June 2021.
    • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for the first time during the 2020–2021 school year in May or June 2021.
  • A parent/guardian does not have to apply if eligible student or child is:
    • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and April 2021.
    • Born after Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021. 

English

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced-price lunch while attending school but are not attending school in person because of COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with students enrolled in a Texas school who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant. To be eligible for P-EBT the following criteria must be met:

  • Your child’s school must have been closed, had a delayed start or had reduced attendance or hours for five consecutive days.
  • You child’s school must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program. Only eligible schools are listed on this application.
  • Your child must be enrolled in a Texas school.
  • Students must also meet at least one of the eligibility requirements below:
    • Meet income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price school meals and report that to their school through a socioeconomic form or school meals application.
    • Attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school where all students receive free meals.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received. If your household currently receives SNAP and you are eligible for P-EBT benefits, they will be put on your current Lone Star Card. If you are not currently receiving SNAP, we will mail you a new card with P-EBT benefits. A child is eligible for only one P-EBT benefit, even if they are part of multiple households. P-EBT benefits are nontransferable.

Spanish

La Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT) fue autorizada por la Ley de Respuesta al Coronavirus ‘Familias Primero’. El propósito de los beneficios P-EBT es proporcionar ayuda alimentaria a las familias con estudiantes que habrían recibido almuerzos gratuitos o a precio reducido mientras asistían a la escuela, pero que ahora no acuden en persona debido a las restricciones por COVID-19. Este beneficio está disponible solo para las familias con estudiantes matriculados en una escuela de Texas que llenaban los requisitos de recibir almuerzos gratuitos o a precio reducido, o en una escuela beneficiaria de la Cláusula de Elegibilidad Comunitaria. Para poder recibir beneficios P-EBT, deben cumplirse los siguientes criterios:

  • La escuela de su hijo debe haber estado cerrada, haber aplazado el inicio de clases o haber tenido una asistencia u horario reducidos por cinco días consecutivos.
  • La escuela de su hijo debe participar en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLP) o en el Programa de Desayunos Escolares. Solo las escuelas que reúnen los requisitos aparecen en esta solicitud.
  • Su hijo debe estar matriculado en una escuela de Texas.
  • Los estudiantes deben cumplir además con al menos uno de los siguientes requisitos de participación:
    • Cumplir con las pautas de ingresos para recibir comidas escolares gratuitas o a precio reducido e informarle de ello a su escuela llenando un formulario socioeconómico o una solicitud de comidas escolares.
    • Asistir a una escuela comprendida en la Cláusula de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP) o en la Cláusula 2 (P2) en la que todos los alumnos reciben comidas gratuitas.

Las solicitudes se tramitarán en el orden en que se reciban. Si su familia participa actualmente en el programa SNAP y usted llena los requisitos para recibir beneficios P-EBT, estos se depositarán en su tarjeta Lone Star actual. Si no participa actualmente en el programa SNAP, le enviaremos por correo una nueva tarjeta con los beneficios P-EBT. Los niños tienen derecho a recibir beneficios P-EBT solo una vez, incluso si forman parte de varios hogares. Los beneficios P-EBT son intransferibles.