Texas to pay eligible families one-time payment of $375 per child

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Steven Santana Aug. 25, 2021 A visitor wears a protective mask during a visit to the Texas Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Defiance of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates continues as more Texas school districts and communities announce plans to require students to wear […]

A visitor wears a protective mask during a visit to the Texas Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Defiance of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on mask mandates continues as more Texas school districts and communities announce plans to require students to wear face coverings and another county scored a legal victory in its efforts to issue such mandates amid a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state.
A visitor wears a protective mask during a visit to the Texas Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Defiance of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates continues as more Texas school districts and communities announce plans to require students to wear face coverings and another county scored a legal victory in its efforts to issue such mandates amid a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state.Eric Gay/AP

Texas’ new round of pandemic food benefits will include a one-time payment of $375 per eligible child to families. 

On Tuesday, August 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized a third round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). 

The one-time $375 payment per child can be used like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pay for groceries. 

“This third round of pandemic food benefits will help us continue to provide access to nutritious food for both families and their children,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says in a release. 


HHSC received federal approval to provide more than $1.4 billion in benefits to approximately 3.7 million eligible children in this third round.

Summer P-EBT is for families with children in grades K-12, who are receive for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. Families that are currently enrolled in SNAP are also eligible. 

Families and children who received P-EBT during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to receive benefits again. 

Families can fill out applications by September 13 here



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