P-EBT Resources


What is Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)?

P-EBT is a one-time food benefit for families that have lost access to free or reduced-price meals because of school closures related to COVID-19.

Who is eligible for P-EBT?

P-EBT is for families who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020.
  • Children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students through Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2).

How do eligible families get P-EBT benefits?

Families cannot apply for P-EBT until the beginning of June.

School districts will be sending eligible families a link to the online P-EBT application at the beginning of June. The application will open in the beginning of June and close on June 30, 2020. Once the application is processed and verified, eligible families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail.

Families currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their existing SNAP card automatically. No action is needed.

What outreach resources are available for schools to share with families?

Schools that participate in NSLP have received P-EBT outreach materials to share with eligible families in their school district. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has these P-EBT tools, templates and resources available on their website. Click here to access TEA’s P-EBT webpage.

Where can I find more information about P-EBT?

For more information and a comprehensive list of FAQs, please visit http://hhs.texas.gov/pebt (English) or http://hhs.texas.gov/es/pebt (Spanish) or call the P-EBT call center at 833-613-6220.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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