Pandemic Food Benefits Now Available To Nearly 3.5 Million Texans
Even though it is hard to believe, COVID-19 relief efforts are still ongoing in the state of Texas. It also seems like it's been longer than it has, but many are still recovering from effects of the disease on their livelihood. Thankfully, multiple benefits are available, and this one helps families in Texas.
Announced Relief For Families In The State
According to a release from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, The US Department of Agriculture gave approval to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for another round of benefits regarding food in the state. The relief concerns those who lost their ability to partake in federally funded summer meal programs due to the disease.
The HHSC was given clearance to make $1.4 billion available to many children in the state. 3.5 million students in the state are eligible for the relief. The benefit is one-time, with $391 available per child.
Eligibility For The Benefits In Question
For a student to qualify for the relief, the press release states the child must have certification for reduced or free meals in the National School Lunch Program at their school in the state. This only applies during the 2021-2022 school year.
If there are individuals who haven't received SNAP benefits or the previously mentioned Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, they will receive a code in the mail which will begin this month. Individuals will have a time frame of 90 days to claim.
For others concerned about the previously mentioned SNAP benefits, info about those can be found here.