The Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) helped millions of Texas children who temporarily lost access to free school meals during the 2020-2021 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently added a one-time summer P-EBT summer benefit. Eligible families may be able to receive an additional $375 to supplement their family’s budget during the covered summer period Families that submit a household application before August 28 and meet one of the following criteria may receive the $375 Summer Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) through a direct distribution from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
- Are newly eligible for P-EBT based on a change in family income after June 30, 2021 or are income eligible and did not have a household application on file during the 2020-2021 school year.
Have not yet applied for P-EBT and have children who were certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and enrolled in an NSLP school in the last month of the 2020-2021 school year. Note: These families must submit applications through MyTexasBenefits.
Schools should ensure parents can access the NSLP household application so families can obtain summer PEBT benefits.
*Campuses that will be operating CEP for the first time in SY 21/22 MAY ONLY process TEA's Socio Economic Status (SES) Form to demonstrate eligibility for children.*
Additional Information for Schools and Families
The deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits through https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT. (The link is case sensitive.) is September 13. Household eligibility for the 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits cannot be changed at this time. We are working with the HHSC call center to field questions from families and to ensure that correct information is being shared. Household applications received after August 28, 2021, should be processed but cannot be used to determine eligibility for Summer P-EBT.