SNAP benefits OKed for students on reduced school lunch plan

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
Posted at 10:31 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 02:36:40-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Texas’ plan to provide SNAP benefits to households with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals,

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which Sen.U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) supported when it passed in March, required states to submit their plans for expanding SNAP benefits to these families to USDA.

Texas officials will distribute Pandemic – Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards to families with children whose schools were closed for at least five consecutive days during the emergency designation and who would have received free or reduced price meals.

Because distribution of school meals is limited due to school closures, families with children in the school meals program be able to instead use EBT cards at grocery stores and online through the SNAP EBT program.

"During an already stressful time, many families find themselves without school meal benefits meant to provide nutrition and financial relief," Cornyn said in a prepared statement. "Now, thanks to a coronavirus relief bill Congress passed in March, families of two-thirds of Texas schoolchildren who receive school meals will get additional help putting food on the table."

For more information about the program, check their link here.