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Emergency SNAP benefits extended in Texas

The state is providing about $208 million in emergency SNAP food benefits this month. (File)
The state is providing about $208 million in emergency SNAP food benefits this month. (File)(Pexels.com)
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 3:45 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing about $208 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits this month as part of the state’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.

“These benefits continue to provide nutritious food for Texans across the state,” Abbott said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the extension of maximum allowable benefits to recipients based on family size.

All SNAP households will receive at least $95 in emergency allotments, Abbott said.

Recipients will continue to receive a 15% increase in total benefits monthly until September.

SNAP provides food assistance to about 1.6 million low-income families and individuals in the state.

Since April 2020, more than $3.4 billion in benefits have been provided to Texas residents.

Residents may apply for benefits online.

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