Governor Abbott announces extension of emergency SNAP benefits for October

Governor Greg Abbott
Posted at 11:36 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 12:36:35-04

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $196 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of October.

"Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for extending these emergency SNAP benefits for Texas families," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas will continue to ensure that Texans have access to nutritious and healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."

"We are grateful Texans will continue receiving these expanded benefits, bringing nutritious foods to those families who are in need of assistance," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. "The Texans we serve will always remain our top priority, especially in times like these."

More than 994,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by October 15.

The emergency October allotments are in addition to the more than $1.2 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and September.

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.

Texans in need can apply for benefits at YourTexasBenefits.com.