Texas HHSC extending emergency SNAP benefits for May

Texas HHSC extending emergency SNAP benefits for May
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Source: DCFS)

TEXAS (KSLA) - Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the Texas and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will be providing around $246 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May.

“Thank you to the USDA for extending these crucial emergency SNAP benefits for the month of May,” said Governor Abbott. “Through the continued extension of the benefits, Texas families have been able to provide for their families and put food on the table throughout the pandemic.”

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. All SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.

“We will continue to provide additional support to Texans and their families during this pandemic so they can purchase nutritious foods with their SNAP benefits,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

The emergency allotments are in addition to the more than $3.1 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.

Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021. This 15 percent increase and the additional emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by May 31.

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, by visiting here.

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