Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find themselves unable to afford basic goods, like food for their family. On Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Department would be providing an additional $168 million in emergency food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The governor’s office said they received approval from the US Department of Agriculture to provide the absolute maximum allowable amount of SNAP benefits based on family size.
These emergency benefits have been authorized for April and May and apply to all Texas SNAP recipients. Those who receive SNAP benefits will see the additional amounts on their Lone Star Card by April 15th and May 15th for each month’s respective benefits.
“As the state continues to respond to COVID-19, we are working closely with our agency partners to ensure families have access to nutritious meals,” said Governor Abbott. “These emergency benefits will give hundreds of thousands of Texans the additional support they need to provide for their families during this challenging time.”
SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, have helped numerous working families who struggle to put food on the family, and now, with need at an all-time high due to the pandemic, the additional food benefits will help bridge some of the financial gap created by the economic fallout from COVID-19.
“The additional SNAP food benefits will give families who are facing economic uncertainty security in knowing that they will continue to have access to food,” said HHS Access and Eligibility Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.
Salter added, “SNAP has always been a safety net for households in their time of need. A pandemic will not stop our work to continue helping families purchase nutritious foods.”
You can click here to learn more about SNAP.