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Texas governor extends deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Governor Greg Abbott(KTRK)
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 12:16 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KXII) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state is extending the deadline to apply for a one-time pandemic food benefit for families affected by COVID-19 school closures.

The application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program has been moved to August 21 to give families more time to apply.

The P-EBT is a one-time benefit of $285 per child and can be used in the same way Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits pay for groceries.

Eligible families include those with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to 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 Governor Abbott. “I encourage eligible Texans to apply for these benefits so they can continue to provide food for their families during these challenging times.”

Families who have been denied but believe they are eligible are asked to contact the Texas Health and Human Services Commission within 15 days of receiving their denial notice at 833-613-6220 or by email at AES_PEBT_Complaints@hhsc.state.tx.us. Families will need to provide proof of free or reduced-price lunch meals, including the award letter sent to parents when their child becomes eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

More information on the P-EBT program can be found on the Texas HHS website.

“If your family is eligible, we want you to apply for this one-time benefit because we don’t want to leave federal lunch money on the table,” said HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. “We’re pleased with how many families have so far received this benefit, but there are still thousands of eligible families in our communities that can apply for assistance.”

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