Emergency SNAP benefits extended

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced another extension of emergency benefits for Texans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission 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.

“By extending this emergency SNAP funding, the State of Texas is helping to ensure families can continue to put food on the table,” said Gov. Abbott. “I remain grateful to our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their ongoing support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

More than 961,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by August 15. The emergency August allotments are in addition to the $835 million in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and July.

“The additional SNAP benefits will help Texans purchase foods that provide nutrition to their families,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. “Continuing these allotments is an important component of our continued response to COVID-19.”

For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 5 edition of The Graham Leader.

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