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SNAP recipients whose food was lost, destroyed by winter weather can apply for replacement benefits

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:25:13-05

SNAP recipients whose food was lost or destroyed due to this week's weather event can now apply for replacement benefits.

On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received approval to allow Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather.

"I thank our federal partners for swiftly approving SNAP benefit replacements for food lost or destroyed in the wake of this winter weather disaster," said Governor Abbott. "This support is essential to help Texans continue to provide nutritious meals for their families in these challenging times."

"Texas is committed to helping SNAP clients throughout the state replace food lost from the winter storm," said Wayne Salter, Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services deputy executive commissioner.

Recipients will need to apply for replacement food benefits for regular SNAP allotments and SNAP emergency allotments that were provided in response to COVID-19.

To request replacements, dial 2-1-1 and select option 2. Recipients can also download this form and mail or fax the completed form to HHSC.

Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.