AUSTIN (KFDX/KJTL) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, November 1, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has provided funding to extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for the month of November.
An estimated 1.6 million Texas households are expected to receive help from the more than $334.5 million in SNAP benefits provided by the HHSC’s most recent allotment.
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“Because of the emergency SNAP benefits provided by HHSC, millions of Texans have access to nutritious food for themselves and their families,” Gov. Abbott said. “The State of Texas continues providing the assistance and support needed to help Texans stay healthy and take care of their loved ones.”
SNAP is a federal program administered by the HHSC to provide food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas.
The HHSC received federal approval from the USDA to extend the maximum allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size. All SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.
The emergency November allotments are in addition to the more than $8.7 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
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“As we head into the holiday season, we hope these additional allotments provide nourishing meals to Texans in need,” Wayne Salter, the Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner said.
The additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by November 30, 2022.
Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, at YourTexasBenefits.com. Texans can manage their benefits with the Your Texas Benefits mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
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For many, the extension of SNAP benefits comes as a relief
“Everything is expensive right now. The food stamps do help a lot. Especially being disabled,” said Delfino Gomez Jr.
Gomez traveled from Kingsville to run errands. For doctors’ appointment and grocery shopping at Fruit King.
“I love to come to Fruit King because everything is cheap and fresh. It’s good,” he said.
Gomez has used food stamps for the last 30 years. During that time, he’s learned how to make the most of his benefits.
“There’s no food that you can get that’s already cooked. You can’t buy that with food stamps,” Gomez said.
But, this month Gomez along with 1.6 million other SNAP recipients will be able to relax their budget.Now, that Texas Health and Human Services plans to extend the maximum, allowable SNAP benefits and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95.
“It makes a big difference because the government money that I get is for the bills and the food stamps is for the food,” said Gomez.
According to Health and Human Services that extra money should appear in SNAP recipients accounts by Nov.30th.
Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.
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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly called food stamps, is a government program that helps people buy the food they need for healthy lives. It is the largest program working to fight hunger in America. SNAP helps many people stretch their budgets because the money they would use on food can go towards other needs like medical bills, utilities, and rent.
How to Apply:
Apply online at YourTexasBenefits.com, visit a local Texas Health and Human Services office or call 2-1-1 (after selecting a language, choose Option 2).
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Need Assistance Applying?
If you need application assistance, please reach out to a Feeding Texas network food bank near you and ask to speak with a Social Service member.
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How does SNAP work?
In Texas, SNAP food benefits are put on a Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. The amount you receive each month depends on your income and family size.
Who is it for?
SNAP is for everyone – families, seniors, people living with disabilities, people who are unemployed or employed, and veterans or active military. SNAP is here to help you whenever you may need it.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for SNAP. Every state has different requirements for eligibility. Requirements in Texas include:
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Maximum Monthly Income Limits
The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) most people or families can earn and still be in this program. *This information may change and is not guaranteed when applying.Family sizeMaximum monthly income1$1,7752$23963$3,0204$3,6445$4268For each additional person, add:$625
Most people ages 16 to 59 must follow work rules to get SNAP benefits. Work rules mean a person must look for a job or be in an approved work program. If the person has a job, they can’t quit without a good reason.
Are we getting extra food stamps in 2022 in Texas?
Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For December 2022. Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $341.4 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of December.
Is Texas SNAP still giving extra benefits?
Due to this federal legislation, recipients will no longer receive additional benefits and this benefit change cannot be appealed. SNAP households will receive a notice about the change this month before the emergency allotment ends.
What is the highest you can get in food stamps?
Starting October 1, 2022, the maximum allotment for one person is $281 per month. The maximum allotment for a four person family is $939. The chart below is effective 10/1/2022 for the Thrifty Food Plan maximum allotment amounts based on household size. How much money can you have and still get CalFresh?
What is the highest income for food stamps 2022?
And assets are "countable resources" like cash, money in a bank account, and certain vehicles. For fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022), a two-member household with a net monthly income of $1,452 (100% of poverty) might qualify for SNAP.