New work requirements for federal aid? GOP pushes proposals in debt talks
Work requirements for federal aid programs have emerged as a sticking point in ongoing negotiations over raising the nation’s debt ceiling, and President Joe Biden has signaled openness to a possible compromise even as many in his party have balked.
Bexar County families receiving extra food benefits set to lose millions as pandemic policy ends
Thousands of local families are bracing for the end of extra food stamp benefits now that the federal government is ending a pandemic-era policy that gave millions of families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program more money every month.
Mobile food market providing fresh food to those in underserved communities
Taking care of your heart is very important for your health. That’s why the American Heart Association is working with San Antonio community partners and health organizations to improve the health and wellness of those in the community.
Texas families in 66 counties will get automatic SNAP replacements for food damaged during winter storm
SAN ANTONIO – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in 66 Texas counties can get automatic replacement benefits for spoiled or damaged food due to power and water outages in the winter storm. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission received federal funds to automatically provide the benefits. “Thank you to our federal partners for approving these replacement benefits for Texans in need,” Abbott said in a news release. Texans who do not live in the 66 eligible counties have until March 31 to report food losses. They can request their replacement food benefits by calling 2-1-1 and pressing option 2.
Texans receiving federal food assistance could soon get more aid under Joe Biden’s executive order
President Joe Biden wants to increase federal aid that makes up for free and reduced-cost school meals during the pandemic and the benefits of people receiving SNAP food stamps. Texas families receiving pandemic-era federal food assistance for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will soon see a 15% increase in their benefits. That additional aid is one of three food access issues President Joe Biden addressed in an executive order last week. However, SNAP benefits remain widely recognized as one of the best ways to stimulate the economy during a crisis. A recent analysis from the USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that $1.54 in economic activity results from every federal dollar spent on SNAP benefits.
How to apply for food stamps, or SNAP benefits, in Texas
Texas – A lot of Texans are wondering how to apply for food stamps this year. The current program for food benefits in Texas is called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.4 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas, according to state officials. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, approximately $188 million in emergency food benefits has been provided by THHS. The THHS received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.
Emergency SNAP benefits extended through September for Texans
Texans receiving emergency benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to get their benefits through the month of September, according to Gov. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide approximately $188 million in emergency food benefits in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “This emergency SNAP extension will help Texans provide healthy food for their families.”More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by September 15, according to state officials. The $188 million in emergency funds is in addition to $1 billion in benefits that have been provided to Texans from April through August, officials said. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com.
Some Texas families may get an extra $285 per child in SNAP benefits this month. Here’s why.
Families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or whose children receive free or reduced meals at school may be receiving an extra $285 this month per child. "The benefit is for families that are currently receiving SNAP benefits. But it's also been extended to any families that receive free and reduced-price meals within their school district," said Deborah Rice, assistant director of child nutrition at South San Antonio Independent School District. Abbott extends emergency SNAP benefits due to COVID-19 pandemicFamilies with children ages 5 to 18 years old that received SNAP benefits in March will automatically receive $285 per child in their Lone Stone Cards account. Families should check with their child's school district website for a link on how to apply for the P-EBT program.
Texas Health and Human Services to provide more than $168M in emergency SNAP food benefits
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Health and Human Services will provide more than $168 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits to help people in the state during the COVID-19 response, Gov. HHS got federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the maximum allowable number of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size, according to a news release. Anyone receiving SNAP benefits is included. “SNAP, commonly referred to as the food stamp program, supplements the budget of the working poor. "The additional food subsidy announced today by Governor Abbott, although still supplemental, will help fill a portion of the financial gap created by the economic crisis resulting from this pandemic.