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Published on May 22, 2024
Texas Governor Announces SNAP Replacement Benefits for Storm-Affected ResidentsSource: Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Storm-struck Texans bracing in the aftermath of severe weather have been offered much-needed relief in the form of food benefit replacements. Governor Greg Abbott, according to a recent announcement, confirmed that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has secured federal approval allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food spoiled or ruined due to last week’s inclement conditions.

"Due to recent severe weather and flooding that devastated communities across our state, impacted Texans will be able to apply for SNAP replacement benefits for food that was lost or destroyed during these devastating storms," Governor Abbott said. The governor thanked the HHSC for collaborating with federal partners to provide resources necessary for Texan recovery and resilience. Texans in need of these benefits can reach out for assistance by dialing 2-1-1. Plagued by the recent storms, families in specific counties have until June 17 to apply for SNAP replacements to regain their footing in these troubled times.

Hoping to bring solace to those affected, Molly Regan, the HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services, stated, "The recent storms have affected so many families across the state." Highlighting the state's response, she added, "By providing these replacement food benefits, we will be able to give relief to those that need our help the most." The SNAP recipients are instructed to apply for the replacement benefits, which will be credited to their Lone Star Cards promptly within two days of approval.

Affected counties including Austin, Chambers, Colorado, Harris, and others have been earmarked for these emergency measures. The recipients must dial 2-1-1 and choose Option 2, or else they can fill out Form H1855 and have it mailed or faxed to the designated HHSC office. Alongside SNAP, storm-impressionable Texans, through the WIC program administrated by HHSC, have until May 31, 2024, to replace food and formula benefits affected by the storms. Information on how to avail of these services can be found by visiting or calling 800-942-3678 for assistance.

Beyond nutritional support, HHSC extends mental health attention to those wrestling with the disaster's psychological aftermath. Texans seeking such help can find local mental health authorities through the appropriate online channel. More broadly, any Texan in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, through or the accompanying mobile app. For further local aid like food or shelter, dialing 2-1-1 and selecting Option 1 will guide residents to appropriate resources.

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