Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that he would extend emergency SNAP food benefits through the month of August as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Abbott said the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide around $185 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave approval to the Health and Human Services Commission to extend the maximum SNAP benefits to families in need.

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“By extending this emergency SNAP funding, the State of Texas is helping to ensure families can continue to put food on the table,” Abbott said. “I remain grateful to our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their ongoing support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

More than 961,000 SNAP households will see extra funds on their Lone Star Card by Aug. 15.

The extension comes as other federal emergency programs come to an end for now, including the $600 unemployment boost and the moratorium on evictions.

Congress is currently debating two versions of another stimulus check to Americans. Democrats want $1,200 per family member regardless of age, capping the payments at $6,000 per household. Republicans want $1,200 per adult and an additional $500 per dependent in each American household. It is unclear when exactly Americans can expect a form of these payments.

Those in need can apply for benefits at YourTexasBenefits.com.

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