Texas Extends Emergency SNAP Benefits in December

The Governor of Texas announced that emergency SNAP benefits will continue to be offered in December. Due to the pandemic, people who alr...

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  • The Governor of Texas announced that emergency SNAP benefits will continue to be offered in December.
  • Due to the pandemic, people who already received the ‘food stamps’ could qualify for a higher amount.
  • The Texas government decided to allocate 204 million dollars to continue offering this benefit.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will continue to be offered in December.

Due to the pandemic of Covid-19, the people who already received the ‘food stamps’ could qualify to obtain a greater amount, as financial aid against the crisis, depending on the number of family members, reported Migrant Connection.

The Texas government decided to spend $ 204 million to continue offering food stamps, at a time when coronavirus cases are breaking worrying records.

In a state where 1.7 people receive food stamps, emergency assistance has been a lifeboat for many Hispanic families.

This money will be provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), as per Migrant Connection.

Greg Abbott welcomed this decision and thanked the United States Department of Agriculture (which also collaborates with SNAP) through a press release.

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Texas extends emergency SNAP benefits in December. Photo: Shutterstock

“The extension of these emergency SNAP benefits ensures that Texans can continue to provide nutritious food to their families during the coronavirus pandemic. I thank the USDA for their continued partnership as we provide the support and resources that Texas families need during this time, ”said the Governor.

SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families through an electronic benefit transfer card. This card can be used as a debit card to purchase eligible food at authorized retail stores.

It should be remembered that Texas families who wish to apply for SNAP benefits can do so through the YourTexasBenefits.com page, also available in Spanish.

To be eligible for this benefit program, applicants must live in the state where they apply and meet certain bank balance limits. Households with an older adult (over 60) or a member with a disability may have an upper bank balance limit.

It is important to consider that this program is not available for people with irregular immigration status.

Texans are facing another surge in coronavirus infections. Many people find themselves stuck at home in the middle of the holiday season with no income or access to necessary resources, such as food or medical services.

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Texas extends emergency SNAP benefits in December. Photo: AP

Food banks, nonprofits and some local pantries are providing free meals for people and asking for donations and volunteers as they face a significant increase in demand. Click 2 Houston.

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In Texas, the population also has access to a variety of other resources, including rent and utility assistance and free internet.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs allows Texans to select their location and the type of help they need, leading to a list of resources in the region including rent, utilities, food, and housing assistance.

The number of hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the United States on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project, a tracking program. That number has more than doubled in the past month, with new daily cases averaging 210,000 and deaths averaging 1,800 a day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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