Texas Families with Students Receiving Free or Reduced-price Lunches Could be Eligible for up to $1,200 in Food Aid

Update: Pandemic EBT card applications are open now through Aug. 13 for families who started relying on SNAP after May 2021 and have children born before Aug. 1, 2014.

Texas families who relied on the Pandemic EBT card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year.

The federal benefit helps provide for the approximately 3.7 million eligible, low-income children in Texas who lost access to free and reduced-cost meals when schools first shut down during the pandemic. This time, the benefit could provide up to $1,200 per student, depending on the number of days most students at their school received remote instruction during the past school year.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission would allocate more than $2.5 billion in food benefits


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