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GREAT NEWS! | 30 States APPROVED for AUGUST $95 SNAP EA & $391 Summer P-EBT!

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing more than $305.5 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for the month of August. The allotments are expected to help about 1.5 million Texas households." It is imperative that every family across our state has access to nutritious food," said Governor Abbott in a news release." Through the extension of emergency SNAP benefits and the work of HHSC, we are ensuring Texans have the resources they need to stay healthy." Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter adds, "We’re proud to continue providing nourishment to families through healthy foods." HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.


This additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by August 31st. The emergency August allotments are in addition to the more than $7.6 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020. Administered by the HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. 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. As inflation continues to constrict consumers’ wallets, New York households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can expect to receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits through October. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (or OTDA), which issues SNAP benefits, began distributing emergency supplemental benefits in April 2020 to recipients who were receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount.


Following New York State’s emergency declaration expiring in June 2021, OTDA secured federal funding to continue issuing the maximum allotment to SNAP recipients until the federal declaration expires; it is currently expected to extend until October 2022.SNAP benefits have been crucial for many New Yorkers’ livelihoods, including approximately 14% of the state’s population last year. As of May 2022, close to 1.6 million households throughout the state have been enrolled in the program. OTDA typically confirms benefits and announces distribution dates of the supplemental allotments after the first week of every month. Below are some key facts about the supplemental food benefits from July: All SNAP recipients, including those already at the maximum level of benefits, received supplemental assistance. Households that are currently at or near the maximum benefit level, $835 for a household of four, received a supplemental payment of at least $95.


The distribution dates for last month were announced on July 7th. Supplemental benefits function like the regular SNAP. The payments will be delivered directly to recipients’ existing EBT accounts, and can be accessed with existing EBT cards. Just like the regular benefits, the supplemental benefits can be used at authorized retail food stores. Any unused benefits will automatically carry over to the following month. SNAP benefits boost New York’s economy. An estimated $234 million in federal funding will be infused into New York’s economy, as a result of the additional benefits. Since January, the program has contributed more than $1.2 billion into the state’s economy, playing a critical role in the state’s economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic. According to a recent federal study quantifying the program’s impact, SNAP generates up to $1.54 in economic activity for each federal dollar invested in the program. More information on the emergency supplemental SNAP benefits, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/qanda.asp. New Yorkers interested in enrolling can check their SNAP eligibility, as well as apply online, by visiting mybenefits.ny.gov. Alright so besides New York and Texas, let’s take a look at the list of 30 states that were recently granted waivers by the USDA to extend $95 in emergency allotments of $391 in Summer Pandemic EBT.


So our list actually doubled from the 15 states we mentioned in our last SNAP update video.

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