An extension to the deadline for Texas food stamp eligibility is coming into effect today.
The extension will allow eligible Texans to eat up to four meals a day until June 2.
It will also allow eligible people to receive an additional $200 per week for food assistance, but only if they’re eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Food stamp recipients will have until June 16 to apply for an extension.
The deadline for applying for an expansion is May 31.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law today.
It’s a major win for Texas as it moves closer to the nation’s most restrictive food stamp system, which currently caps eligibility at four meals per day.
The food stamp program has been plagued by high demand and underutilization for decades.
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In 2013, the federal government implemented a new rules for the program to ensure that food stamp recipients had access to enough food.
Since then, the state of Texas has spent millions of dollars to expand the food stamp rolls and help those who qualify for it.
The governor’s decision today was a major victory for Texans who have long been struggling to meet the needs of the millions of people in the state who are eligible for food stamps.
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