Good news for those using emergency SNAP benefits, as Governor Greg Abbott announced that benefits have been extended through the remainder of February 2022.

According to the Governor's Office, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement on Thursday, February 3 in Austin. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide the funding needed, more than $326 million, for February.

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The emergency SNAP benefits will help the more than 1.6 million Texas households that use the assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the maximum allowable amount for SNAP users based on family size.

Texas households using SNAP benefits will get a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments with the additional allotments coming by February 28.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and can be used to buy food from any location that accepts SNAP. The benefits are loaded onto a Lone Star Card and can be used just like a debit or credit card.

You can not buy tobacco or alcohol with the Lone Star Card.

Applying for SNAP benefits is easy but you'll need to qualify to get accepted.

Many individuals and families suffer from food insecurities and are unaware of the programs that are set up to help. SNAP is not a permanent solution but does offer temporary relief for those that qualify.

The amount you are approved for is based on family size and income.

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