WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The USDA has given the Texas Health and Human Services Commission the approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals.
This announcement came from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office on Sunday, Feb. 21. Officials said this approval comes after severe winter storms impacted the state last week.
“As we continue to recover from this winter storm, the state is ensuring that Texans in need have access to hot food to feed their families,” Gov. Abbott said. “I thank our federal partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approving this waiver.”
This approval means SNAP benefits can be used to purchase items such as rotisserie chicken or grocery store deli foods, at retailers that accept SNAP anywhere in the state.
SNAP recipients can use their Lone Star card to purchase these items through the end of March.
“We’re doing everything we can for Texans who were affected by this extreme winter storm,” Wayne Salter, HHS Access and Eligibility Services deputy executive commissioner, said. “These added federal flexibilities will go a long way in helping SNAP clients feed their families.”
Last Friday, Feb. 19, Texas also received federal approval to allow SNAP recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed by last week’s winter storm conditions.