Application deadline extended for food assistance to Texas families

TEXAS – Texas families still have an opportunity to apply for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) food assistance benefits, which offer funds to benefit low income students who lost out on meal assistance due to the early closure of schools this spring. On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott extended the application deadline from July 31 to August 21.

Eligible families are able to receive a one-time payment of $285 in food assistance benefits per eligible child. Families who qualify include those who received SNAP benefits in March 2020 and those who qualified for free and reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the 2019-2020 school year.

“Access to food and nutrition is vital for children’s health, growth, and well being. With rising hunger and food insecurity during these difficult times, we want to ensure that every family knows about this available assistance,” said Senator José Rodríguez. He urged all parents to find out if their children are eligible for P-EBT benefits.

Families who received SNAP benefits in March should have already received their P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card. Other eligible families may need to submit an application to receive funding.

Families can find out if they qualify online at or by calling the Texas P-EBT Call Center at 833-613-6220. Operators are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.