August 2022 SNAP Benefits to Help Millions of Texans in Need
Last month, recipients of SNAP benefits were facing delays, due to an increase in applications and staff shortages at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission office, with some people still waiting to get their benefits from May.
Despite those delays, Governor Greg Abbott has announced the HHSC is providing over $305 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of August.
SNAP Benefits Extended For August 2022
The allotments are expected to help around 1.5 million households in Texas. All SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments, which should appear in recipients’ accounts by August 31st.
The emergency August allotments are in addition to over $7.6 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
To be eligible for SNAP benefits, you must meet required income and resource requirements, which are updated yearly. The amount you receive each month depends on your income and family size. Households in which all members are 60 and older or disabled are eligible to participate in the Texas Simplified Application Project (TSAP).
This program makes the SNAP application process easier with three years of benefits at a time instead of six months, according to the Texas HHS website.
How Do I Check on Snap Benefits?
Those waiting on an application to be processed can contact 2-1-1, (the Texas Information and Referral Network), Option 1, to receive a referral to available resources. For food bank information, you can reach out to the agency’s community partner, Feeding Texas.
In Temple, the HHS office is located at 4501 S General Bruce Drive in Gateway Center, and at 400 Stefek Drive in Killeen.