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USDA approves program to feed Texas kids

Posted May 12, 2020

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Texas has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (Pandemic EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

Texas will be able to operate Pandemic EBT, a supplemental food purchasing benefit, to current SNAP participants and as a new EBT benefit to other eligible households to offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been consumed at school. For the 2019-2020 school year, Texas had approximately 3.6 million children eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch, or approximately 67% of children in participating schools.

State agencies may operate Pandemic EBT when a school is closed for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.

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