Relief on the Way as Texas Gov. Abbott Extends SNAP Benefits Through March
Texas Governor Abbott announced that SNAP benefits have been extended through March.
Gov. Abbott announced on Wednesday, March 2 that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits will extend through March 2022. These benefits help more than 1.5 million Texas households put food on the table.
Abbott released a statement reading, “These emergency SNAP benefits have helped many Texas families put food on the table over the past two years.”
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide the funding needed: more than $310 million for March. HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter, says, “Putting food on the table is critical for the health and well-being of families and we’re proud to continue helping with these most basic needs.”
Texas households using SNAP benefits will get a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments with the additional allotments coming by March 31. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the maximum allowable amount for SNAP users based on family size.
The SNAP benefits will be loaded onto your Lone Star card and can be used just like a debit or credit card. The Lone Star card is accepted anywhere that accepts SNAP.
Alcohol and tobacco are not purchases you are allowed to make with the Lone Star card.
Need the additional help? Applying for SNAP benefits is easy but you'll need to qualify to get accepted, click the link to see if you can qualify.
Many individuals and families suffer from food insecurities and are unaware of the programs that are set up to help. SNAP is not a permanent solution, but does offer temporary relief for those that qualify.
The amount you are approved for is based on family size and income. Since April 2020, Texans have received more than $6.13 billion in benefits.