HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than $1 billion of funding has been approved to provide food benefits to children who qualify for free or reduced lunches.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) will provide a $285 credit per child 5 years or older.
If you received SNAP benefits in March you will receive the credits automatically on your Lone Star Card by May 22nd.
“This is to cover the cost of what reduced lunches would be for a month. We anticipate this to cover 2 months, so far one month has been approved, and this will not county towards their food stamps allocation,” says Stuart Haniff, Chief Executive Officer, Food Bank RGV.
If you did not receive SNAP benefits in March, but your child did qualify for the reduced or free lunches you will have to apply for the credits.
We spoke with all the major school districts in the Valley who say they will be sending parents information on where to apply, once the link to apply is active.
Applications will be approved beginning June 1 and a card with the credits will be sent out.
“Every time a school closes that’s a child exponentially, who goes without food, without their lunches. Sometimes it’s the only meal that they can count on per day, so having these benefits having these extra dollars available to families will help offset that,” says Haniff
If your child gets free or reduced lunches because their school district qualifies as a Provision 2 school, families will qualify for the credits regardless of income.