Texas Extends Emergency SNAP Benefits Through February – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The state is expanding SNAP emergency benefits due to the ongoing pandemic, offering a 15% increase in food aid and an emergency allotment through February.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced Tuesday morning that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will be allocating approximately $ 300 million in food to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) this month.
The additional 15% and allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by February 28th. SNAP recipients will continue to receive a 15% increase in total benefits that will continue monthly through June 2021.
SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 million eligible families and low-income individuals in Texas. A statement from the governor’s office said the HHSC “has received federal approval from the US Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum amount of SNAP benefits allowed to recipients based on family size. The emergency grants for February add to the more than 2 billion US dollars added to benefits granted to Texans since April 2020. “
“We are grateful for this additional extension of SNAP’s emergency benefits for the month of February,” said Abbott. “We will continue to provide families in Texas with the resources they need to put food on the table and provide for their loved ones.”
Texans in need of assistance can apply to YourTexasBenefits.com for benefits like SNAP and Medicaid, or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app.