For those using SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has stepped in to provide approximately $196 million to help fund the program through October.

The announcement came from Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday.

"Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for extending these emergency SNAP benefits for Texas families," Governor Abbott wrote. "The State of Texas will continue to ensure that Texans have access to nutritious and healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."

According to the governor's office, there are more than 994,000 households using the SNAP program in Texas. Those families will see the money on their Lone Star Card by October 15.

Wayne Salter, Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner, said, "We are grateful Texans will continue receiving these expanded benefits, bringing nutritious foods to those families who are in need of assistance. The Texans we serve will always remain our top priority, especially in times like these."

For those Texans who need the assistance and haven't applied yet, you can do so at You can also apply for Medicaid there, and use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to apply for and manage benefits.

With the ongoing pandemic continuing to negatively impact jobs and the economy, many Texans could use a helping hand until they land on their feet again. If you could use a little help right now, please don't hesitate to apply.

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