Those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can begin to purchase groceries online starting May 18, the Texas Health and Human Services announced in a news release.
The program was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently. The HHSC is implementing the program for SNAP clients in Texas and Walmart and Amazon are the first retailers that can be used by Texans when the program launches next month.
“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 Governor Greg Abbott. “I am grateful to our federal partners at the USDA for approving this request. As the Lone Star State continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are exhausting all avenues to both protect the health and safety of Texans while ensuring families, including recipients of SNAP, have the ability to provide for their families during this challenging time.”
This is the latest change to the SNAP program to respond to COVID-19. SNAP clients are having their renewal requirements temporarily waived and are now receiving the maximum eligible allotment.