Governor Abbott announces HHSC’s extension of Emergency SNAP benefits for May

A continuation to the response to the Covid-19 pandemic

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, May 4, Governor Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing about $246 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the USDA for extending these crucial emergency SNAP benefits for the month of May,” said Governor Abbott. “Through the continued extension of the benefits, Texas families have been able to provide for their families and put food on the table throughout the pandemic.”

“We will continue to provide additional support to Texans and their families during this pandemic so they can purchase nutritious foods with their SNAP benefits,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved HHSC to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size. SNAP households will obtain a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.

Since April 2020, more than $3.1 billion in benefits have been provided to Texans, and the emergency May allotments are an addition to that.

A 15 percent increase in recipients’ total benefits will continue monthly until September 2021. This increase, along with the additional emergency allotment amount should be available in recipients’ account by May 31.

SNAP is a federal program administered by HHSC and provides food assistance to an estimated population of 1.6 million eligible low-income families and Texans. For those in need of benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, visit YourTexasBenefits.com to apply or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage benefits.