Governor, HHSC announce extension of Emergency SNAP benefits for May 2022

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $317.9 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May. The allotments are expected to help about 1.6 million Texas households. 

“The extension of emergency SNAP benefits for May will help ensure that families can put nutritious food on their tables,” said Governor Abbott. “We are grateful to HHSC and USDA for the continued effort to provide support for families across Texas.”

“I’m proud that HHSC is able to give a helping hand to Texas families in need,” said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. “This gives Texans access to fresh produce and other healthy foods to provide nutritious meals for their families.”

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 May 31.

The emergency May allotments are in addition to the more than $6.7 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020. 

Administered by 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 or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.


  1. To the Honorable Governor Abbott,
    I read your article and the parts that I did not quite understand had my daughter explain to me.
    I suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury with Severe Cognitive Deficits which Include behavioral disturbances. PTSD, Severe Major Depression, Add, and Panic Disorder.
    I did not ask for any of this. This was inflicted upon my by and AMERICAN CITIZEN, Born and raised in the glorious STATE OF TEXAS.
    Prior to this I had a home that I had owned for 24 years. A Ph.D. im Metaphysics and Parapsychology, Wan an RN with specialties in Forensic Psych and wound care, had a little web graphic design company. And other things like helping people with their troubling issues and assisting in pet therapy.
    All of this was destroyed in 2015 when my ex tried to beat me to death.He had held me captive for about four years with the aid of his mother. who lies to police among a great man other nefarious deeds.
    He was finally caught in 2015, But his mother moved into my house right away and her and his lawyer began a campaign of mental torment against a brain injured defenseless woman battering me mentally even more until I dropped the charges against this man.
    Fortunately the state picked up the charges. they were going to try give him 25-99 years but because I was in such a state and had been treated by the police here in Waco so viciously about another matter had no trust for them. They had lied to me falsified documentation about me and one detective in particular who was a friend to a previous ex helped him evade prosecution by giving him immunity so I would carry the blame for a crime he committed in a city, county and state I had NEVer set foot on in my entire life.
    This though good sire is not why I am emailing you today. I have suffered, I have I have mental and physical scars that has ruined my career, cost me my home and my health is deteriorating.
    I went from a good income to food stamps and no home. I am no longer aloud to drive and I have to live with my youngest daughter who has to go out of her way and lose time at her job to take me to appointment with my neurologist, Dr’s , PsAnd The Food stamp or (SNAP) people cut off my food stamps. They asked for documents by yesterday evening. which I supplied yesterday prior to the deadline. but they had cut off my benefits prior to that,. They wanted a phone call interview with me and gave me an appointment time of 6/15/2020 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30 pm. Yet they called early and I did not know it and blamed me for not answering. I have tried to call them over 12 times since and can not get through because their phone system is have technical issues. yet they wish to threaten me. What mockery of justice is this. I had to pay this month over $345 to the vet for my service dog for shots and upkeep and $70 for her grooming. (She is by Law a Medical device and should be counted by the HHC as such but they ignore that) I send in all my recipe’s. Now they are trying to make me jump through a hoop because I own no vehicle but my daughter’s car is on my car insurance. I explained Of course it is. She takes me to all my medical appointments. she takes me to my appointments in Dallas, she takes me to my testing, My Service dog t her grooming and Veterinary appointments. I am in the car. I have spoken to my insurance company and they have agreed. If I am in the vehicle I am entitled to pay for the insurance even if I do not own the car. It has both our names on the insurance.
    She pays her own car payments.
    But Sir, I beseech you. Please you are the only one who can step in and stop them from this constant harassment,. I did nothing to have my life destroyed from a born and Bred American Texas Psychopathic, American, Texas Citizen. So, food stamps are the very least I am owed. I suffer everyday. unimaginable pain. I have been interrogated about how I managed to pay for things, because they know I dont’ make enough to buy anything. ( Then they have the nerve to cut off my benefits because they think I own a car I dont) That was easily solved. Sent them a copy of my $11000 dollar in debt credit card statement.
    Please Honorable sire.
    I would not write and bother you if I had no other recourse.
    I have sent all the document, I have begged with them, pleaded, written them some VERY strongly worded sentiments about their biased against the disabled and those who feel in the position of power they can pick and choose who to enow with their mercy.
    But Your Sir, You are the light at the end of my tunnel. I am just praying that it is a true light not a train. I have been run over enough. They tell me I make to much for Medicaid as well. when I know they jus raised the ceiling on poverty level to $1600 + and I only make + $1400 +
    I know I was not in the military but being held captive and beaten in a domestic violent situation is a Battle field. and we should be entitled to those same benefits. because we have fought our own war. Many of who did not survive.
    Yours with the Greatest Humility and Respect,
    Sarah Kelley
    Case 1011408868
    200 south norma drive,
    Waco TX 76705

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