Emergency SNAP benefits have been a big help for millions of families across the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Texas, according to KXAN, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has announced the final extension of emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, providing over $345.9 million in emergency food benefits for February 2023 to approximately 1.6 million Texas households, Governor Greg Abbott says.
The additional emergency allotment will appear in recipients’ accounts by February 28, with all SNAP households receiving a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. However, due to recent legislation passed by Congress, this will be the last month eligible households can receive emergency SNAP benefits.
While the extension of emergency SNAP benefits will provide much-needed relief to struggling families in Texas, it is important to note that these benefits will end after February 2023 according to the Office of the Texas Governor. Texans who rely on SNAP benefits should seek assistance from other programs to ensure they have access to healthy and nutritious food options. This includes using the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network to access social services such as food pantries, housing, senior services, child care, or help to pay prescriptions, utilities, or rent.
Texans can also locate an HHSC-certified Community Partner to seek assistance and can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or by using the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.
Eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas need to take advantage of the resources available to them to ensure they have access to healthy and nutritious food options. The HHSC’s final extension of emergency SNAP benefits is a testament to the importance of providing relief to those in need, and Texans in need should take advantage of these resources while they are still available.