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Some families should have received the aid automatically, but others will have to request it.

Families with school-age children can benefit.

Aurelia Ventura / Impremedia / La Opinion

TEXAS – A program has been activated that is intended to help with more than $ 1 billion in food benefits to affected families due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and will be available until the end of June.

Households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or discounted school meals due to the closure of pandemic-related schools would benefit from the federal program “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer” (P-EBT).

The initiative was activated this Friday, May 22. Some will automatically receive help; others have from June 1 to June 31 to request it.

Attendance will provide a one-time $ 285 for each qualifying child. Aid can be used in the same way that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are used to pay for food in stores.

The benefits will be administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Education Agency.

Households with children who received SNAP benefits during the month of March, or who received free or reduced-price meals at their schools before they were closed, are eligible for P-EBT benefits.

Families who were receiving SNAP benefits during the month of March would automatically have received P-EBT assistance. on their Lone Star cards for May 22.

Families with children who are certified to receive free or discounted meals during the 2019-20 school year, but who did not receive SNAP benefits during the month of March, will need to complete an application in order to receive assistance.

Families with children who received meals at no cost to them because their schools are defined as Provision of Community Eligibility or Disposition II schoolsThey must also submit an application. These families will receive a notification from their school district that will include eligibility information and how to access the application.

Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received. It is important to fill out the application and send it between June 1 and June 31. After completing the application, eligible families will receive benefits on a new Texas P-EBT card in the mail.

Links to fill out the application will be sent by school districts to families in the first week of June, but here you can read other program details.

The program will allow families to purchase their food online with Walmart and Amazon, but delivery and convenience costs will not be covered by the state.

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