Increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits implemented at the onset of the epidemic have been extended through the month of April, but local food experts are concerned that the benefits may be terminated at the start of the summer, resulting in thousands of hungry families.
It is estimated that around one-quarter of the population of Bexar County lives in poverty, and those families rely on SNAP benefits and food banks to make up the gap when it comes to purchasing groceries.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission announced last month that SNAP payments during the pandemic timeframe would be extended.
It is expected that more than 1.5 million Texans will benefit from the $318 million in emergency funding provided.
In response to the emergency allotments, SNAP households will receive at least $95 in additional benefits, which should appear on their accounts before the end of the month of April.
Eric Cooper, the CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, is afraid that these additional benefits may be discontinued during the summer months when families are most in need of assistance.
Due to the fact that children are not attending school, where many disadvantaged families take advantage of free breakfast and lunch, the situation is becoming direr.
UnidosUS – the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization – is now hosting a national town hall in order to discuss current issues. They are debating whether to make SNAP programs more accessible to Latino families through education.
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