Emergency SNAP food benefits extended in Texas during COVID-19 pandemic

SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will issue roughly $177 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, food benefits for the month of June, as announced in a June 4 state news release. The HHSC's extension, approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serves as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 900,000 SNAP households will receive additional funds to their Lone Star Card by June 12, per the release. The extension increases the permitted amount of SNAP benefits provided to recipients, based on family size.


The $177 million emergency allotment is additional to the $414.7 million in SNAP benefits supplied to recipients in April and May, per the release. SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide.

"As we continue the process of safely and strategically opening Texas for business, we are committed to ensuring families across the state have access to nutritious food," Gov. Greg Abbott said in the release. "This extension of emergency benefits will help Texans in need provide for their families while our state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."

For more information on SNAP benefits and how to apply, click here.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

There have been more than 10,000 total coronavirus cases in Travis County as of July 1. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County adds 597 new coronavirus cases July 1

There have been more than 10,000 total coronavirus cases in Travis County as of July 1.

Williamson County reported 139 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus July 1. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County reported 139 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus July 1

Currently, 98 patients are hospitalized, and 35 are in intensive care, per the report.

Money stock art
Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.

Traditionally held at The Pfield in Pflugerville, the city’s annual celebration will take place at Typhoon Texas this year. (Courtesy Pexel)
Here is the latest on 4th of July celebrations in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

From fireworks to pool parties to parades and more, here is what you need to know about local Independence Day events in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

Jersey Mike's Subs will partner with the Round Rock Area Serving Center during its grand opening celebration and will collect donations for RRASC from July 1-5. (Courtesy Jersey Mike's Subs)
Jersey Mike's Subs opens second Round Rock location

The sandwich shop will collect donations for the Round Rock Area Serving Center during its July 1-5 grand opening.

The report comes as Texas, like states across the country, puzzles through decisions on what the upcoming academic year will look like for students and staff. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Texas Education Agency: 1 in 10 students have disengaged during the pandemic

More than 600,000 Texas public school students didn't complete assignments or respond to outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced July 1 the 2020 event will not take place. (Courtesy Charles Reagan Hackleman)
Austin City Limits Music Festival canceled for 2020

The annual festival brought more than 75,000 fans per day across two weekends last year and had a $291 million impact on the local economy.

Capital Metro announced July 1 that an employee has died after testing positive for COVID-19. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Capital Metro employee dies after testing positive for COVID-19

The employee of the public transportation agency tested positive for the virus June 18.

The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items.(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
Chick-fil-A opens Round Rock location on Palm Valley Blvd.

Round Rock, the wait is over. Chick-fil-A opened today.

Pflugerville City Council has opted to postpone further discussion surrounding a potential mandatory masks ordinance to a later date.
Pflugerville discusses, postpones potential mask ordinance conversation to later date

Pflugerville City Council has opted to postpone further discussion surrounding a potential mandatory masks ordinance to a later date.

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Students to be required to take STAAR test in 2020-21 school year

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

The Round Rock Express announced June 30 the team will not play ball in 2020. (Courtesy Round Rock Express)
No 2020 season for Round Rock Express

A June 30 announcement revealed that Major League Baseball would not provide affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, the Round Rock Express, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, will not play ball.