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Dear SAISD Families:

We know this has been a challenging school year. Please know that that SAISD meal distributions will continue through the summer (https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0130/docs/SAISDSummer2020MealsProgram.pdf).

We also want you to know there is now an additional resource for families through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits, which allows families to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card. P-EBT is a one-time benefit of up to $285 to be issued on an EBT card to assist families.

Families can use their P-EBT card like a debit card. P-EBT benefits can be used for up to one year from the date of issuance. P-EBT benefits are in addition to SNAP benefits, grab and go school meals and other nutrition resources. Receiving P-EBT will not affect a family’s ability to get other benefits. 

Children up to 21 years old who attended a school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year that offered free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2) are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

As you know, SAISD offers meals at no charge through the Community Eligibility Provision. As a result, your family is eligible to receive the one-time P-EBT benefit to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.

Some families that have children up to 21 years old who are certified for free and reduced-price meals will have to apply to receive P-EBT benefits. This includes children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students. Families that received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 for kids aged 5-18 DO NOT need to apply for those children. They WILL NEED to apply for children under 5 and/or between 19 and 21.

Eligible families will receive a school email with a link to the P-EBT application in the first week of June. You will have until June 30, 2020 to complete the application. Once approved, a P-EBT card will be mailed to your household. P-EBT benefits are non-transferrable.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions handout (https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-how-to-apply-for-pebt-one-pager.pdfand P-EBT flyer (https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-P-EBT-Flyer.pdffor details about the application process and what information you will need to provide.

For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov/PEBT. A P-EBT call center will be available in June when the application is available. The phone number will be included in the information we send you with the application link.

Sincerely,

Pedro Martinez

Superintendent

 

How to Apply for P-EBT

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a one-time benefit for eligible families to buy food.

P-EBT is for families who meet at least one of the following criteria:

·       Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas

during the 2019-20 school year.

·       Children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020.

·       Children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility

Provision or Provision 2).

Who needs to complete an online application?

·       Families that did NOT receive SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 AND have children who are certified for free or reduced-price meals or who attend a school that offers free meals to all students.

·       Families that received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020, with children under 5 and/or between the ages of 19 and 21 as of March 17, 2020.

Who does not need to submit an application?

Families that received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 who have children ages 5-18 as of March 17, 2020. Benefits will be loaded onto your existing SNAP card by May 22. No action is needed.

How do I apply?

·       Your school will email you the application link in early June. The application will be open until June 30, 2020.

·       If you get SNAP benefits and your child is approved for P-EBT, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) will put funds on your current Lone Star Card. If you do not currently get SNAP benefits, HHS will mail you a P-EBT card loaded with benefits.

What information do families need to complete the application?

The application will ask for information about each child and the parent that is applying. It is important that you complete as much information as possible.

The following information is required on the application:

·       Head of household first name

·       Head of household last name

·       Head of household date of birth

·       Head of household sex

·       Head of household mailing address

·       Child first name

·       Child last name

·       Child sex

·       Child date of birth

·       School District Name

·       Type of school (public, private, charter, or other)

The following information is optional on the application for each child:

·       Child’s middle name

·       Child’s Social Security

·       School ID #

·       While this term can vary depending on your school or district, it may be referred to as Student ID or Local ID. You should be able to find the number on your child’s report card, by logging into the student or parent portal, or by asking your child.

Ready to fill out an application?

The application link will be available the first week of June and close on June 30, 2020. Eligible families will receive the link to the P-EBT application from their school.

Do you have questions about P-EBT?

For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov/PEBT. A P-EBT call center will be available in June when the application is available. The phone number will be included in the information your school provides when they send you the application link.

27 de mayo de 2020

Estimadas familias de SAISD:

Sabemos que este ha sido un año escolar desafiante. Por favor estén al tanto de que continuará la distribución de comidas de SAISD a lo largo del verano(https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0130/docs/SAISDSummer2020MealsProgram.pdf)

También queremos informarles que ahora hay un recurso adicional para las familias por medio de la Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT, por sus siglas en inglés), lo cual les permite a las familias comprar alimentos de cualquier comerciante que acepte la Tarjeta Texas Lone Star. P-EBT es un beneficio de una sola vez de hasta $285 que se expide en una tarjeta EBT para ayudar a las familias.

Las familias pueden usar su tarjeta P-EBT como una tarjeta de débito. Los beneficios de P-EBT se pueden usar por hasta un año desde la fecha en que se otorguen. Los beneficios P-EBT son además de los beneficios SNAP, las comidas escolares para llevar y otros recursos de nutrición. Recibir P-EBT no afectará la capacidad de una familia de recibir otros beneficios. 

Los niños de hasta 21 años de edad que asistieron a una escuela en Texas durante el año escolar 2019-20 que ofreció comidas gratuitas a todos los estudiantes (Provisión de elegibilidad comunitaria o Provisión 2) califican para recibir los beneficios P-EBT.

Como ya saben, SAISD ofrece comidas gratuitas por medio de la Provisión de elegibilidad comunitaria. Como resultado, su familia califica para recibir el beneficio de una sola vez P-EBT para comprar alimentos de cualquier comerciante que acepte la Tarjeta Texas Loan Star.

Algunas familias que tienen hijos de hasta 21 años de edad que califican para comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido tendrán que solicitar para recibir beneficios P-EBT. Esto incluye a los niños que asistan a una escuela que ofrezca comidas gratuitas a todos los estudiantes. Las familias que hayan recibido beneficios SNAP para el mes de marzo de 2020 para los niños entre 5-18 años de edad NO tienen que solicitar para esos niños. SÍ TENDRÁN que solicitar para los niños de menos de 5 y/o entre 19 y 21 años de edad.

Las familias que califiquen recibirán un correo electrónico por parte de la escuela con un enlace a la solicitud P-EBT en la primera semana de junio. Usted tendrá hasta el 30 de junio de 2020 para completar la solicitud. Una vez que se apruebe, la tarjeta de P-EBT se enviará por correo postal a su hogar. Los beneficios de P-EBT no son transferibles.

Por favor consulte el volante de Preguntas frecuentes(https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-how-to-apply-for-pebt-one-pager.pdfel folleto P-EBT(https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-P-EBT-Flyer.pdfpara más detalles sobre el proceso de solicitud y qué información tendrá que proporcionar.

Para más información, por favor visite hhs.texas.gov/PEBT. Estará disponible un centro de atención de P-EBT en junio cuando esté disponible la solicitud. Se incluirá el número de teléfono junto con la información que le enviemos con el enlace de la solicitud.

Atentamente,

Pedro Martinez

Superintendente

 

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