Governor Abbott announces approval for SNAP replacement benefits to replace food lost during Hurricane Hanna


Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (KVEO) — Governor Greg Abbott announced, Monday, that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to provide replacement benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

The replacement benefits are intended to be used to replace food that was lost or destroyed due to Hurricane Hanna in six impacted counties: Brooks, Hidalgo, Kenedy, McMullen, Starr, and Willacy.

“As our communities rebuild from the damage caused by Hurricane Hanna, we are working to help ensure that Texans can continue to provide healthy meals for their families,” said Governor Abbott.

SNAP recipients in any of the counties listed above do not need to take any action, a percentage of their regular benefits will be automatically issued to their Lone Star card by August 4, 2020.

The following impacted counties will be eligible to apply for replacement food benefits: Aransas, Bee, Bexas, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Matagorda, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, and Zapata.

The ten-day reporting requirement is being waived, impacted households will have until August 31, 2020 to apply for SNAP replacement benefits.

In order to promote social distancing, HHSC is asking people not to visit their local office and instead apply over the phone, through mail, or by fax.

You can apply for SNAP replacement benefits by calling 2-1-1 and pressing option 2. You can also download form H1855 on the HHSC website and mail or fax the completed form to HHSC.

Forms can be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.

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