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Deadline Extended for Food Benefits for Families Affected By COVID-19 School Closures

The application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program has been extended again to Aug. 21 to ensure eligible families have more time to apply for this one-time food benefit.

P-EBT is a one-time payment of $285 per eligible child and can be used in the same way Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits pay for groceries. Eligible families include those with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program due to school closures.

“The P-EBT program helps ensure that families continue to have access to healthy food as some schools, and subsequently school lunch programs, remain closed due to COVID-19,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “I encourage eligible Texans to apply for these benefits so they can continue to provide food for their families during these challenging times.”

The state estimates there are still thousands of eligible Texas family who have not applied for the program

More than three million children in Texas were certified to receive free or reduced-price meals at school during the 2019-2020 school year. To date, nearly $790 million in P-EBT has been issued to families, benefiting more than 2.8 million children. Families who are eligible for P-EBT were notified by their school districts in May. After completing the online application, families receive their benefits on a new Texas P-EBT card in the mail.

Families who have been denied but think they are eligible should contact the Texas Health and Human Services Commission within 15 days of receiving their denial notice. They can either call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-613-6220 or send an email to with proof of free or reduced-priced meals. Proof includes the award letter that is sent to parents when their children become eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.

RA Staff
RA Staff
Written by RA News staff.


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