Emergency SNAP benefits extended as pandemic drags on in Texas

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In this Tuesday, June 20, 2020 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at city hall in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide approximately $185 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of August, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday

According to a news release, this comes after the state of Texas continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

The release says more than 961,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by Aug. 15.

The emergency August allotments are in addition to the $835 million in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and July.

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