AUSTIN, Texas (Valley Central) — During the month of February, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide more than $307 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits.
SNAP, which is administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is a federal programme that provides food assistance to low-income families and individuals in the state.
Texan Governor Greg Abbott announced the extension on Tuesday in a press release, and the benefits are estimated to affect more than 1.5 million households in the state.
“Through this emergency SNAP assistance, more than 1.5 million families will be able to keep food on the table,” Governor Abbott said. HHSC expresses gratitude to the USDA for their ongoing work with the organization to offer nutritious meals to Texans throughout the state.
Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services’ Access and Eligibility Services discussed why this extension will benefit families as a way to start the new year on a positive note.
With the arrival of the New Year, this additional assistance will assist families in beginning the year 2022 with food on the table for themselves and their children, according to Salter.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, HHSC has approved an increase in the maximum amount of SNAP benefits that beneficiaries can get depending on their family size. All SNAP families will receive an additional minimum of $95 in emergency allotments under the new policy.
On or before January 31, the additional emergency allowance should be reflected in the accounts of recipients.
In addition to the more than $5.4 billion in benefits that have already been granted to Texans since April 2020, the emergency January allotments are a welcome addition.
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