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State to provide $177 million in emergency SNAP benefits for the month of June

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 16:49:06-04

AUSTIN, TX — Governor Greg Abbott has announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $177 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for the month of June.

The emergency benefits are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state received federal approval to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.

"As we continue the process of safely and strategically opening Texas for business, we are committed to ensuring families across the state have access to nutritious food," said Governor Abbott. "This extension of emergency benefits will help Texans in need provide for their families while our state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."

"This extension helps ensure those who need it most are able to continue providing nutritious food for their families and maintain their health," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. "We’ll continue to be flexible in our response to this pandemic to make sure Texans can access the services they need as this situation evolves."
Governor Abbott says more than 900,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by June 12. The emergency June allotments are in addition to the $414.7 million in benefits previously provided to Texans in April and May.