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Welcome to Mercedes Child Nutrition Services!

The online application for P-EBT has been extended until August 31!

Please review the criteria to see if you need to apply to receive these benefits. The application link is provided below.

Do I need to apply for P-EBT?

Families that DID NOT get SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020

  • Yes, you will need to apply.
  • Fill out an application here: yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT
  • The application will remain open until August 31, 2020.
  • If you do not currently get SNAP benefits and your child is approved for P-EBT, you will be mailed a P-EBT card loaded with benefits.

Families that DID get SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020

  • You do not need to apply for children ages 5-18. Benefits were loaded onto your existing SNAP card by May 22.
  • If you have children under 5 and/or between the ages of 19 and 21, you will need to fill out an application for those children. Fill out an application here: yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT
  • If you get SNAP benefits and your child is approved for P-EBT, we will put funds on your current Lone Star Card.

P-EBT is a one-time benefit for families issued through an EBT card (like a debit card). Families receive up to $285 per eligible child. You will have one year from the date the benefits were issued to use your P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits are non-transferrable.

¡La solicitud del P-EBT estára disponible hasta el 31 de agosto de 2020!

Revise los criterios para saber si necesita presentar una solicitud para recibir estos beneficios. A continuación se encuentra el enlace a la solicitud.

¿Necesito presentar una solicitud para la P-EBT?

Las familias que NO recibieron beneficios del SNAP para el mes de marzo de 2020

  • Sí, necesitará presentar una solicitud.
  • Complete una solicitud aquí: yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT
  • La solicitud estára disponible hasta el 31 de agosto de 2020.
  • Si actualmente no recibe beneficios del SNAP y su hijo recibe la aprobación para la P-EBT, se le enviará por correo una tarjeta de P-EBT cargada de beneficios.

Las familias que SÍ recibieron beneficios del SNAP para el mes de marzo de 2020

  • No necesita presentar una solicitud para los niños de 5 a 18 años. Los beneficios se cargaron en su tarjeta del SNAP existente antes del 22 de mayo.
  • Si tiene hijos menores de 5 años o entre 19 y 21 años, necesitará completar una solicitud para esos niños. Complete una solicitud aquí: yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT
  • Si recibe beneficios del SNAP y su hijo recibe la aprobación para la P-EBT, pondremos los fondos en su tarjeta Lone Star actual.

La P-EBT es un beneficio único para familias emitido a través de una tarjeta de EBT (como una tarjeta de débito). Las familias reciben hasta $285 por cada niño elegible. A partir de la fecha en que se emitieron los beneficios, tendrá un año para usar sus beneficios de la P-EBT. Los beneficios de la P-EBT no son transferibles.

Si necesita ayuda para completar la solicitud de la P-EBT, llame al 833-613-6220. Para obtener más información, visite hhs.texas.gov/PEBT o llame al 833-613-6220.

 

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P-EBT Application link will be active the first week of June through August 31, 2020!

¡El enlace de la aplicación P-EBT estará activo la primera semana de junio hasta el 31 de agosto de 2020!

                                                                                                                             

 

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Adequate Meal Service Periods

USDA encourages schools to make every effort to establish meal periods that are long enough for children to fully consume

their meals and to provide an environment conducive to eating those meals.

It is important, both nutritionally and socially, to give children sufficient time, a conducive atmosphere, and a safe

environment to eat nutritious meals.

Meal Times for Breakfast & Lunch

Regular meal times specified in regulations for the NSLP have been identified as 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breakfast hours would be identified as meal service prior to 10 a.m. in most circumstances.

CEs are encouraged to allow students to eat breakfast when they are late arriving at school.

However, this is not a requirement.

USDA Federal Regulations

ARM Section 19.23

July 18, 2018

Adults Eating from a Student’s Tray

Parents or caretakers occasionally visit their children during mealtime. TDA encourages their
involvement in students’ education and the nutrition program. However, an adult is not
allowed to consume all or part of a meal served to a student. If an adult eats from a student’s
tray, that meal is not reimbursable.

Required Response to an Adult Eating from a Student’s Tray

If an adult eats from a student’s tray, SNP staff must inform the adult that the meal is for
the student’s consumption and that the adult must either purchase a meal at the school,
bring in an outside meal to eat, not eat from the student’s tray, or not eat with the
student.

 

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