AUSTIN, Texas – Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., applauded the availability of over $1 billion from the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.
The press release from the senator’s office said the funds are to assist families who depend on reduced and free school meals for their schoolchildren who temporarily lost access to these meals due to COVID-19-related school closures.
“I am so thankful that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) approval to provide greatly needed food benefits to Texas families who rely on reduced and free school meals for their children,” said Sen. Lucio, author of the Texas Summer Meals and Free School Breakfast Programs. Senator Lucio serves as Vice Chair of the influential Texas Senate Education Committee.
Sen. Lucio previously wrote to the commissioners heading up the state’s education and agriculture agencies on April 22, and requested their specialized assistance to ensure that providing meals to children who depend on them remain a top priority in Texas during the summer.
Commenting on the approval of the $1 billion federal food benefit, Sen. Lucio went on to say, “With a deep passion of being an advocate for Texas children, and their best interest, I publicly thank Texas’ three agencies leading this coordinated effort to provide families who depend on reduced or free school meals to have the needed resources to continue to provide nutritious and healthy meals for their children during these challenging times.”