P-EBT(Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer)
Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending the application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program (P-EBT) to Aug. 21. Extending the deadline will help ensure families have time to apply for this one-time food benefit.
Amid the ongoing public health crisis, Texas has received approval from the USDA to launch the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide more than $1 billion in food benefits to Texas families with children that have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals.
Families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children 5-18 years old as of May 17, 2020, do not need to apply for those children. These families will receive P-EBT benefits on their current Lone Star Card by May 22.
Families with children up to 21 years old who are certified to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year need to apply for P-EBT. (This includes families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children under 5 and between 19 and 21.)
Please note: Applications open on June 1. 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.
Review the Guidelines for Organizations on the Pandemic-EBT Program here
For more information visit the Texas Health and Human Services FAQ website for the P-EBT here
P-EBT Toll-Free Call Center: 833-613-6220