Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter Tuesday to the United States Department of Agriculture seeking permission to allow Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to use their benefits at take out and drive-thru restaurants.
Abbott wants to allow SNAP users to use their food benefits at restaurants throughout the state as Texas continues to combat COVID-19.
If approved, it would open up another food source for 3.2 million Texans.
“As we continue in our efforts to combat COVID-19, the state must do everything it can to make life more manageable for citizens and ensure that Texans can provide meals for their families,” said Gov. Abbott. “This waiver will go a long way in doing just that. I urge the federal government to quickly approve this waiver, giving Texans another food option during this public health emergency.”