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Texas households who relied on the Pandemic EBT card, which beforehand supplied a one-time good thing about $285 for college kids receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for an additional spherical of the meals assist for the 2021-22 college 12 months.
The federal profit helps present for the roughly 3.7 million eligible, low-income kids in Texas who misplaced entry to free and reduced-cost meals when colleges first shut down in the course of the pandemic. This time, the profit may present as much as $1,200 per scholar relying on the variety of days most college students at their college obtained distant instruction in the course of the previous college 12 months.
Gov. Greg Abbott introduced Thursday that the Texas Well being and Human Companies Fee would allocate greater than $2.5 billion in meals advantages to all eligible households, a rise from the $1 billion in meals advantages distributed final 12 months.
“Thanks to the U.S. Division of Agriculture for approving this second spherical of pandemic meals advantages for Texas households,” Abbott mentioned in an announcement. “These extra advantages will proceed to assist Texans present meals for his or her households.”
Households who obtained the Supplemental Vitamin Help Program, or SNAP, earlier than 2021 will routinely obtain advantages on their P-EBT card by Might 28. Those that began counting on SNAP after Might 2021, and have kids born earlier than Aug. 1, 2014 might want to apply.
Faculty districts will notify eligible households with the appliance by June 2, and purposes will stay open till Aug. 13.
Final 12 months, the deadline for the meals assist was prolonged as many eligible households hadn’t utilized. By late July, greater than 20% of the eligible Texas college kids had not signed up for the program, partially because their families were uncertain about their eligibility.
“These extra meals advantages are a lifeline and can go a great distance to assist many Texas households put nutritious meals on the desk,” mentioned Cecile Erwin Younger, govt commissioner for HHS, in a written assertion.