$95-$1504 SNAP Emergency Allotment UPDATES for 2 MORE STATES! | $500 Per Month EBT

On April 12th, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a fourth round of federal Pandemic EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits are intended for Texas families with children in kindergarten through grade 12. P-EBT is provided through the National School Lunch Program, and is offered to children who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-related absences, virtual attendance or closures. The HHSC will provide more than $626 million in benefits to 2.1 million eligible children in Texas for the 2021-2022 school year. So far, approximately $6.13 billion in P-EBT food benefits has been delivered to Texas families. According to the Office of the Texas Governor, P-EBT is based on the number of days a student did not receive in-person instruction due to COVID-19 illness. And for each eligible day, families will receive $7.10. Families who receive SNAP or have received P-EBT in the past will receive benefits on their Lone Star Card or P-EBT Card. For families who don’t receive SNAP or have never received P-EBT, a notice with a claim code will be mailed asking for additional information. Benefits for eligible children can be claimed within 90 days by calling the P-EBT Call Center or visiting Some families may receive P-EBT benefits the week of April 18th, while others may receive their benefits beginning in July. This is based on when schools provide information to the HHSC. In other news, the City of Chicago is releasing new details on a program to help low-income residents struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot program will be one of the largest assistance programs in the country, in which 5000 households will receive $500 a month for 12 months. To qualify, residents must be:

-18 years or older

-Have experienced economic hardships because of the pandemic

-Have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, that is less than $58,000.

The way it works is that applicants who meet the criteria will be entered into a lottery. The city said people living in poverty and communities with pre-existing economic hardship will be prioritized. According to Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, "I remain committed to making an equitable recovery from the pandemic to stabilize and ensure the wellbeing of all residents. The Chicago Resilient Communities pilot program is a way for us to efficiently support the communities and households that were hardest hit by the pandemic with dignity as well as build on our work to eradicate poverty. I'm deeply proud to launch the largest cash assistance program of its kind in the country as we continue to provide economic relief to residents and strengthen our city”. The non-profit organization that will be administrating the pilot program, GiveDirectly, will accept applications between 9 a.m. Monday, April 25th and 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 13th.

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