More than $340 million in Texas SNAP benefits extended for January

February is last month eligible households can receive emergency SNAP benefits

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SAN ANTONIO – The state’s health department has extended emergency Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for Texans for January, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday.

The $334.1 million in emergency benefits will help about 1.6 million households in Texas, Abbott said.

“As we enter the new year, we’re proud to continue supporting Texans through the extension of emergency SNAP benefits,” Abbott said in a news release. “Thanks to HHSC, Texans across the state will be able to access healthy food to take care of their families and loved ones.”

SNAP, a program administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, provides food assistance to low-income families in Texas.

The release states that the HHSC received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum allowed funds for recipients this month. SNAP recipients will receive at least $95 in emergency funds.

The funds should appear in their accounts by Jan. 31. February is the last month eligible households can receive emergency funds, the release states.

To apply for SNAP or Medicaid or to learn more about the programs, click here.

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