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Abbott: SNAP recipients can now buy hot and ready-to-eat meals until March

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 18:57:16-05

UPDATE 2/21:

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can now use their food benefits to buy hot foods and ready-to-eat meals as Texans continue to recover from the severe winter storm.

Hot foods and ready-to-eat foods include things such as rotisserie chicken and deli foods.

Federal approval was given Sunday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. SNAP users can buy these food items with their Lone Star Cards through the end of March.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission received approval to replace SNAP benefits for food that was lost or destroyed during the Texas winter weather disaster.

Millions of Texans statewide lost water and electricity for consecutive days after temperatures stayed below freezing. Abbott says this extra support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will help provide meals to families during this challenging time.

If you are a SNAP recipient who has lost food due to the winter storm, you are asked to call 2-1-1 and select option two, or download this form, and mail or fax it to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839

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