State provides $188 million in additional SNAP food benefits

State provides $188 million in additional SNAP food benefits
More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by September 15. (Source: Matheus Cenali pexels.com)

AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - Gov. Abbott announced Monday the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $188 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of September as Texas continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by September 15.

The emergency September allotments are in addition to the more than $1 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and August. HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.

“Texas will continue to ensure access to nutritious meals as we mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott.

Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.4 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas.

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.

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