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Gov. Abbott, HHSC announce Emergency SNAP benefit extension

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott puts on a mask during a news conference in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. UT Southwestern Medical Center hosted a round table discussion about preparations for the upcoming flu season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)—Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced they will provide approximately $254 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of April.

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HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure all SNAP households receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.

Households not currently receiving an emergency allotment will now receive an additional $95 per month. Households currently receiving an emergency allotment that is less than $95 will receive an additional allotment for the difference.

Households currently receiving an emergency allotment of more than $95 will not see a change in their benefits.

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The emergency April allotments are in addition to the more than $2.7 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.

Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021. T

The additional 15 percent increase and the additional emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by April 30.

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“This SNAP extension for the month of April will ensure that Texas families can continue to put food on the table,” said Governor Abbott. “Thank you to the USDA for this additional extension and for their ongoing partnership with the State of Texas.” 

“Texans have shown their resilience during the pandemic, and we are proud to help serve our state by providing SNAP recipients with these additional benefits,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

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