If you're looking for a helping hand this summer, relief is on the way. Texas is providing over $317 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of June.

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About 1.3 million households in need will benefit from this extension. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be used to buy food from any location that accepts it. The benefits are loaded onto a Lone Star Card, and can be used just like a debit or credit card.

SNAP Extension for June 2022

All SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in additional emergency allotments, which should appear in accounts by June 30th, according to KXAN.

SNAP is a federal program that helps provide food for eligible low-income families and individuals. The $317.9 million for June is in addition to the $6.9 billion in benefits given to Texans since the pandemic began in 2020. The SNAP benefit program has been extended several times in the last two years.

Applying for SNAP Benefits

If you’re in need, you can apply for both SNAP and Medicaid at YourTexasBenefits.com, or through the Your Texas Benefits mobile app.

If you're in Bell County and would like more information, you can call the Temple HHSC benefits office on 4501 South General Bruce Drive, Suite 25 at (254) 778-6751.

In Killeen, you can visit the Community Advocacy Resource Education Support Center at 3121 Commerce Drive, Building C.

What is NOT Covered by SNAP?

SNAP does not cover tobacco, alcohol, or items that can't be eaten. You also cannot use SNAP to pay for any food bills you owe, according to the Texas Health and Human Services website.

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