The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $310 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for this month which are expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households.
HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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.
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This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by November 30.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program.
SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
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The Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is provided to low-income families and individuals who need help buying food. This program, also known as food stamps, makes it easier for eligible families to afford groceries.
Beneficiaries receive an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that works much like a debit card. Every month, funds are loaded onto the EBT card. In Texas, EBT cards are also referred to as Lone Star Cards.
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The total amount of TX SNAP benefits you may receive varies depending on factors related to your household. In most cases, SNAP food stamps do not cover your entire grocery expense for the month.
Instead, this benefit is meant to supplement your existing resources and make it easier for you to afford food for the month.
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To be eligible for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas and have a current bank balance under $2,001, or have a current bank balance under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over or a person with a disability.
The emergency November allotments are in addition to the more than $4.8 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
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