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State pumps additional $202 million into SNAP food benefits

Texas is providing $202 million in emergency SNAP food benefits this month as the number of...
Texas is providing $202 million in emergency SNAP food benefits this month as the number of COVD-19 cases in Texas continues to rise. (File)(KTUU)
Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 12:49 PM CST
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - Texas is providing $202 million in emergency SNAP food benefits this month as the number of COVD-19 cases in Texas continues to rise, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday.

“We will continue to ensure Texans can provide nutritious food for their families throughout the COVID-19 response,” Abbott said.

The funds are in addition to almost $1.5 billion in benefits provided between April and October

The additional amount will appear on Lone Star Cards in the more than 1 million Texas households that receive SNAP benefits after the Texas Health and Human Services Commission received federal approval to extend maximum allowable SNAP benefits.

“As we head into November and the holiday season, we want to ensure that Texans can get nutritious food for their families who may be spending more time at home,” HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter said.

“These continued benefits will ensure eligible Texans receive the help they need during these uncertain times.”

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to about 1.4 million low-income families and individuals in Texas.

Residents in need may apply online.

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