Texas SNAP Food benefits continue to help feed families during these difficult times.

According to a press release from the office of the Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas SNAP benefits have been extended for the month of July.

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“As the pandemic continues to impact Texas families, we will continue to provide support to these families through emergency SNAP benefits, which allow the purchases of healthy, nutritious foods,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

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SNAP recipients will get the maximum amount for their household size, if they don't already, for July. Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021. This 15 percent increase and the additional emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by July 31.

"Thank you to HHSC for continuing to provide these crucial food benefits to so many Texas families," said Governor Abbott. "With the support of HHSC and the USDA, families across the state can continue to put food on the table for their loved ones."

Emergency Allotments Available

HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture 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.

The emergency July allotments are in addition to the more than $3.69 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.

Apply for benefits at YourTexasBenefits.com

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