USDA has announced that Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) assistance will be available during the 2021-2022 school year for children who have lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school due to the public health emergency.
Click on the following links to access USDA guidance for SY 2021-2022 P-EBT:Policy Memo
While NSLP-participating schools have the option to serve free meals to all students this school year through the Seamless Summer Option, P-EBT fills a critical gap for children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals under standard NSLP rules but are not able to access meals at school because of COVID. Therefore, schools should continue to make the NSLP Form available to families that wish to establish their eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.
At this time, Texas is evaluating options for how school campuses and districts will report COVID-related closures for families to be eligible for a direct P-EBT benefit issuance. Additional guidance will be provided in the coming weeks.
Currently, schools do not need to take any action to notify families about the availability of the P-EBT benefit. More information will be provided to families and eligible campuses in the coming months.
If you would like to provide feedback on this process, please send an email indicating your interest to participate in a working group to PEBT@texasagriculture.gov
. Signing up to participate does not guarantee an invitation.