Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Due to COVID-19

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Texas Health and Human Services is partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Education Agency to provide summer 2021 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to eligible children.

Summer P-EBT (June–August) is for families with children (K-12) who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and for families with children born after Aug. 1, 2014, who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits. Receiving free meals at school does not automatically make a child eligible for P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT benefits can be used the same way as SNAP benefits.

There is no summer 2021 P-EBT online application.

For frequently asked questions about P-EBT for school year 2020–2021, click here.

Who is eligible for summer P-EBT?

Three groups are eligible to receive summer P-EBT. Children in K–-12 must have been enrolled in a Texas school during the last month of the 2020–-2021 school year to be eligible for summer P-EBT.

If a family completes an NSLP form or socioeconomic form (if applicable) and are found eligible, they do not need to take any further action to receive P-EBT; schools will be providing information to HHS to issue P-EBT benefits. A socioeconomic form cannot be completed now to be eligible for summer P-EBT, unless you attend a newly eligible Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school.

This includes families that are newly enrolled for the 2021–2022 school year at a CEP or P2 school and attended a Texas school that provided free meals through NSLP during the 2020–2021 school year.

  1. Families with children born after Aug. 1, 2014, who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits.

    Child care-aged children (born after Aug. 1, 2014) who received SNAP food benefits at any time between June 2021–August 2021 will automatically receive summer P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card.
     
  2. Children in K–12 who were eligible for P-EBT benefits during the 2020–2021 school year.

    This includes children who did not receive 2020–2021 school year P-EBT benefits based on the virtual attendance percentage provided by their school.
    • If you received 2020–2021 school year P-EBT benefits (because you completed the P-EBT online application or you automatically received benefits because you were part of a SNAP family), you will have summer P-EBT benefits automatically loaded on your Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card. You do not need to take any action.
    • If you were eligible for 2020–2021 school year P-EBT benefits, did NOT receive SNAP benefits at any time between August 2020–August 2021, and have not already completed the 2020–2021 school year P-EBT online application, you can either:
      • Complete the 2020–2021 school year P-EBT online application by Sept. 13 to see if you are eligible for 2020–2021 school year and summer 2021 P-EBT. (The school year 2020–2021 P-EBT application link is https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT . You must type this link exactly as it appears here, making sure to capitalize every letter that is capitalized here. The application will be open through Sept. 13.)
      • Complete and return the household application for free and reduced-price meals (NSLP form) to your school on or before Aug. 28 to see if you are eligible for summer 2021 P-EBT. You must be found eligible for NSLP to be eligible for P-EBT. Contact your child’s school for information about completing this form.
         
  3. Children in K–12 during the 2020–2021 school year who became eligible for NSLP between July 1 and Aug. 28 by submitting a household application for free and reduced-price meals (NSLP form).
     

    If a family completes an NSLP form or socioeconomic form (if applicable) and are found eligible, they do not need to take any further action to receive P-EBT; schools will be providing information to HHS to issue P-EBT benefits. A socioeconomic form cannot be completed now to be eligible for summer P-EBT, unless you attend a newly eligible Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school.

    This includes families that are newly enrolled for the 2021–2022 school year at a CEP or P2 school and attended a Texas school that provided free meals through NSLP during the 2020–2021 school year.

Do I have to apply for summer P-EBT?

There is no P-EBT application for summer 2021 P-EBT benefits. However, some families may need to complete the school year 2020–2021 P-EBT application. If you were eligible for 2020–2021 school year P-EBT benefits, did NOT receive SNAP benefits at any time between August 2020–August 2021, and have not already completed the 2020–-2021 school year P-EBT online application, you can complete the 2020–2021 school year P-EBT online application by Sept. 13 to see if you are eligible for 2020–-2021 school year and summer 2021 P-EBT.

The school year 2020–-2021 P-EBT application link is https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT. You must type this link exactly as it appears here, making sure to capitalize every letter that is capitalized here. To complete the application, you will need the child’s Social Security number or student “S-number,” and the name of the child’s school and district.

How much money will I receive for summer P-EBT?

Summer P-EBT is a one-time benefit of $375 for each eligible child that covers June 1–Aug. 29, 2021.

When and how will I get my summer P-EBT funds?

Child care-aged children (born after Aug. 1, 2014) who received SNAP food benefits at any time between June 2021–August 2021 will automatically receive summer P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card by Oct. 15.

If you received 2020–-2021 school year P-EBT benefits because you completed the P-EBT online application or you automatically received benefits because you were part of a SNAP family, you will have summer P-EBT benefits automatically loaded on your Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card by Nov. 19.

Families that do not receive SNAP benefits and are newly eligible for summer P-EBT will have a P-EBT Card mailed to them with P-EBT benefits loaded by Nov. 19.

What should I do if I no longer have my Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card?

Call the Lone Star Card Help Desk at 800-777-7328 for a replacement card.

If my school gives out free meals, am I eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)?

Free meals provided at a school may or may not be from the NSLP. Some Texas school campuses have offered free meals to all students due to the public health emergency. Receiving these free meals at school does not automatically make a student eligible for P-EBT. It is important to note that NSLP benefits require individual income eligibility unless a child attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school.

P-EBT provides families with money to buy food for children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the NSLP.

How do I become eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for summer P-EBT?

Aug. 28, 2021, is the deadline for newly eligible families to complete and return the household application for free and reduced-price meals (NSLP form) to their school to be eligible for summer P-EBT. The deadline is Aug. 28 because it is the end of the summer P-EBT period. Forms received by schools after that date will not apply to summer P-EBT.

  • The socioeconomic form cannot be completed now to be eligible for summer P-EBT, unless a child attends a newly eligible Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school.
  • Families who were approved for NSLP because they filled out the socioeconomic form during the 2020–-2021 school year (by June 30, 2021) are eligible for summer P-EBT.
  • NSLP eligibility for the 2020–2021 school year ended June 30, 2021. If you chose not to complete, or your school did not provide, the household application for free and reduced-price meals (NSLP form), the deadline has passed. It cannot be completed to apply for 2020–2021 school year P-EBT.

For more information about NSLP eligibility and completing the form, please contact your school.

I have more questions about summer P-EBT. Who do I contact?

You can call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Central time.