Although the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are slowly disseminating, the Pandemic-EBT program gained approval from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to provide over $2 billion to 3.7 million eligible children.
The program specifically targeting students who lost free or reduced school meals throughout the 2020 - 2021 academic year.
While all Brazos Valley school districts qualify to participate in the program, eligibility depends on each individual family that applies.
According to KBTX, children who meet any of the following criteria are deemed eligible to receive funding:
Certified for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-2021 school year.
Attends a school that offers free meals to all students.
Born after August 1, 2014, in a family that received SNAP benefits for a minimum of one month between October 2020 and June 2021.
The total amount of funding a family receives depends on how many of their children participated in remote learning each month. The maximum amount families may receive totals $1,200.
Matthew LeBlanc, Bryan ISD Executive Director of Communication and Public Affairs, told KBTX “Last summer the P-EBT helped quite a few families get through the summer so it’s great that this benefit is happening once again but it is depending on the family going and entering that information on if they qualify and how much they qualify for.”
Families are encouraged to apply now and have until August 13, 2021, to do so. You may apply here.