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Texas SNAP recipients soon can shop online at certain retailers

Posted April 24, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) has received federal approval to allow Texans to purchase groceries online using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot program is expected to start by May 18 statewide.

“By allowing SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online throughout the COVID-19 response, we are removing barriers to healthy and nutritious food for many families in Texas,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Because families, including SNAP recipients, have had to adjust to social distancing and staying home when possible, some homes have encountered challenges when finding certain grocery items,” said HHS Access and Eligibility Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter. “Adding another option for Texans using SNAP to get the healthy and nutritious food their families need helps ease the minds of families and limit their exposure to COVID-19.”

With approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the HHS Commission is implementing a pilot program to allow online grocery purchasing for SNAP clients in Texas. Walmart and Amazon are the first retailers to join the pilot in Texas, scheduled to start by May 18.

This announcement is the latest change to the SNAP program in response to COVID-19, and SNAP clients are now receiving their maximum eligible allotment and have had renewal requirements temporarily waived.

More information about SNAP benefits is available.

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