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Your family may be eligible for P-EBT benefits to purchase food

Did your child receive free or reduced-price school meals through the School Lunch Program during the 2020–21 school year? If so, your family may be eligible for P-EBT benefits to purchase food. The P-EBT application opens June 2.

For more information:
💻 hhs.texas.gov/pebt
📞 833-442-1255

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced-price lunch while attending school but are not attending school in person because of COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with students enrolled in a Texas school who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant.

To be eligible for P-EBT the following criteria must be met:

  • Your child’s school must have been closed, had a delayed start or had reduced attendance or hours for five consecutive days.
  • You child’s school must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program. Only eligible schools are listed on this application.
  • Your child must be enrolled in a Texas school.
  • Students must also meet at least one of the eligibility requirements below:
    • Meet income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price school meals and report that to their school through a socioeconomic form or school meals application.
    • Attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school where all students receive free meals.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If your household currently receives SNAP and you are eligible for P-EBT benefits, they will be put on your current Lone Star Card. If you are not currently receiving SNAP, we will mail you a new card with P-EBT benefits.

A child is eligible for only one P-EBT benefit, even if they are part of multiple households. P-EBT benefits are nontransferable.

📝 Your Texas Benefits P-EBT Application