Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $310 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of March. The allotments are expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households.
“Thank you to the USDA for again extending these crucial benefits for millions of Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “These emergency SNAP benefits have helped many Texas families put food on the table over the past two years.”
“Putting food on the table is critical for the health and well-being of families and we’re proud to continue helping with these most basic needs,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by March 31.
The emergency March allotments are in addition to the more than $6.13 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.