Texas extends emergency food benefits for August

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Aug. 6—The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing more than $305.5 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for August. The allotments are expected to help about 1.5 million Texas households.

"Nutrition plays a vital role in the lives of Texans," said Wayne Salter, Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner. "We're proud to continue providing nourishment to families through healthy foods."

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, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients' accounts by Aug. 31.

The emergency August allotments are in addition to the more than $7.6 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.

Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.