P-EBT Applications Now Open

June 2, 2021


Last year, amid the ongoing public health crisis, Texas received approval from the USDA to launch the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. The program provided more than $1 billion in food benefits to Texas families with children who had lost access to free or reduced-price school meals. The P-EBT program will continue following the 2020-21 school year, and applications are now open.

Who is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits?

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

Who needs to apply for P-EBT benefits?
Parents/Guardians must apply if the 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 2020-21 school year in May or June 2021.

If your child was born 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; or if your child is 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, you do not need to apply.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2021. More information on P-EBT is available through the TEA at https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/covid-19-support-child-nutrition.

For more information, visit the Texas Health and Human Services FAQ page in English or Spanish.

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