ABBOTT WANTS TO EXPAND FOOD STAMPS TO RESTAURANTS

In the past, like in forever, food stamps (officially called SNAP benefits) have only been eligible for certain types of food purchases. For instance, fresh veggies, meats, canned foods could all be purchased while junk foods like candy bars and sodas could not. This may all change if Texas Governor Greg Abbott gets his way.

Governor Greg Abbott, along with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, sent a letter Tuesday to the United States Department of Agriculture seeking permission to allow Texas Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits at take out and drive-thru restaurants throughout the state.

The request comes as Texas continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Approval 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 Governor 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.”

Abbott said the move could help “ensure the preservation of the local food supply by allowing participating restaurants to accept SNAP benefits as payment.”

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One Reply to “ABBOTT WANTS TO EXPAND FOOD STAMPS TO RESTAURANTS”

  1. This is pathetic! Our family must prepare and cook our meals…yet our tax money that is taken from us and given to them is now being proposed to let them buy at restaurants????? BAD MOVE GOVERNOR!!! That will cost you votes from people who work in Texas!

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