Governor Abbott announces extension of SNAP benefits for November

This is part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing over $310 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for the month of November. This is part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Allotments are expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households.

“Our continued investment in emergency SNAP benefits has ensured Texas families can put food on the table throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Abbott. “Thank you to HHSC and USDA for ensuring these resources reach Texans across the state.”

“We are proud to be able to help Texans get nutritious food for their families and have peace of mind as they celebrate the holiday season together,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients. Amounts are based on family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by Nov. 30.

November emergency allotments are an addition to the more than $4.8 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.

SNAP, which is administered by HHSC, is a federal program that provides food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans who need assistance can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com. They can also use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.