AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing approximately $267 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of August as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"These emergency SNAP benefits continue to help Texans during the ongoing pandemic by providing food for individuals and their families," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter in a release. "We are happy to continue to support that need."
Officials say 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, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.
The emergency August allotments are in addition to the more than $3.9 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 August 31.
Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 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.