Emergency SNAP food benefits in Texas have been extended another month during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the recipients are expected to get an additional 15 percent increase in January.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will offer approx. $204 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for January.
According to reports from the officials, recipients will see a 15 percent increase in their total benefits in January due to recently passed federal legislation.
Governor Abbott said, "Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for extending these benefits and increasing the number of benefits that Texas families will receive."
"These emergency SNAP benefits continue to help put food on the table for many Texas families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."
Further reports from the governor’s office state that HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients depending on the size of a particular family.
Beginning January, recipients will get a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until June 2021. The additional 15 percent increase and the emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by Jan. 23.
Texans who need these benefits can apply for SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.