SNAP Benefits Replacement Approved by HHSC After Winter Storm Damage

SNAP Benefits Replacement Approved

The SNAP benefits replacement was approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) because the recent severe winter weather in Texas caused prolonged localized power outages, leading to the spoilage of food for many SNAP recipients.

SNAP Groceries (Photo: AECM)

According to a published article in Kxan, below the County’s SNAP recipients have until Feb. 28, 2023, to request a benefit replacement:

  • Anderson, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brooks, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Cameron, Cherokee, Coke, Collin, Comal, Concho, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fort Bend, Franklin, Freestone, Gillespie, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hopkins, Hunt, Irion, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lamar, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Mason, McLennan, Milam, Montgomery, Navarro, Parker, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Rockwall, Smith, Sterling, Tarrant, Titus, Travis, Van Zandt, Waller, Wichita, Williamson, and Wood.

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SNAP recipients not living in the listed counties above must request benefit replacement within 10 days according to HHSC. To help these families, the HHSC has received federal approval to allow SNAP recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the winter storm. SNAP clients living in the listed counties above have until Feb. 28, 2023, to request a benefit replacement, while those living outside the listed counties must request a replacement within 10 days of discovering their food was lost or destroyed.

To apply for replacement food benefits, SNAP recipients can dial 2-1-1 and select option 2, or download Form H1855 on the HHSC website. Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is hoping that the SNAP Benefits Replacement will help Texas families who may have been impacted by the recent winter weather storm. This SNAP benefits replacement will help Texans replace healthy and nutritious food that was lost due to power outages. Governor Greg Abbott expressed his gratitude to the HHSC for ensuring that Texans impacted by this winter weather can apply for replacement SNAP benefits to keep fresh, healthy food on the table.

If you are a SNAP recipient who has lost food due to the winter storm, you may be eligible for replacement benefits. The HHSC is working to ensure that families impacted by the recent winter weather can receive the support they need to keep healthy food on the table. If you have questions or need assistance with applying for replacement benefits, contact the HHSC or dial 2-1-1.

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