Governor Abbott announces extension of emergency SNAP benefits for January

Since April 2020, Texans received over $5.4 billion in benefits

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Jan. 4, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing over $307 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of January. The allotments are expected to assist more than 1.5 million Texas households.

“This emergency SNAP support will ensure more than 1.5 million families can continue to put food on the table,” said Governor Abbott. “Thanks to the USDA for their continued collaboration with HHSC to provide healthy meals to Texans across the state.”

“As Texans ring in the new year, this additional support will help families start 2022 with food on the table for themselves and their children,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided HHSC with federal approval to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits. These benefits will go to recipients based on family size. All SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by Jan. 31.

Texans have received over $5.4 billion in benefits since April 2020. The emergency January allotments are an addition to that amount.

HHSC administers SNAP, a federal program. SNAP provides food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals. If you are in need, you can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid at You can also use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage your benefits.