Governor Greg Abbott is requesting that food stamp recipients be able to use their benefits at takeout and drive-thru restaurants throughout the state of Texas.

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The request was put in writing in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. Abbott is asking for the waiver saying the program will aid Texas in helping to ensure the preservation of the local food supply by allowing participating restaurants to accept SNAP benefits as payment.

Gov. Abbott's office claims if SNAP would be accepted for drive-thrus and takeout, the program 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."

At the time of writing, there has been no response as of yet to Gov. Abbott's request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.