Texas to extend SNAP benefits through August by $267 million
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing $267 million in emergency SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food benefits through August, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday, August 9.
"SNAP benefits have helped millions of eligible Texas families and individuals put food on the table during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic," said Governor Abbott. "HHSC's supplemental benefits will help continue to provide crucial support to Texans in need across the Lone Star State."
"These emergency SNAP benefits continue to help Texans by providing food for individuals and their families during this ongoing pandemic," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. "We are happy to continue to support this need."
U.S. federal approval was received by HHSC. Department of Agriculture to extend maximum, allowable amounts of SNAP benefits to recipients based on their family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency benefits.
In addition to the emergency August allocations, over $3.9 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
In addition, recipients will continue to receive a 15 percent increase in benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021.
The 15% increase and the additional emergency allotment amount will appear in recipients’ accounts by August 31.
SNAP is administered by HHSC and provides food assistance to approximately 1.4 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas.
Texas residents in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, by CLICKING HERE or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage benefits.
With the rise in covid cases hopefully, this will help people in need