Food stamps help people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits. This article dives deep into everything you need to know about Texas Food Stamp.
Food stamps are a key way to address the nutritional needs of low-income Texas families and one of the nation’s most important defenses against hunger.
However, many barriers to participation remain. Nationally, only 60 percent of those eligible for food stamps receive them. In Texas, only 58 percent of those eligible receive food stamps.
The Food Bank of West Central Texas’ Coordinator can help increase enrollment through application assistance in 13 Texas counties. It’s completely free and no cost to the applicants.
In this article:
- About Texas Food Stamps
- How Do I Apply?
- How Do I Qualify?
- What Are The Citizenship Guidelines?
- What Do I Need?
About Texas Food Stamps
The Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food.
If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). This debit card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
- household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
- how many people live in your household
- where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card.
You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your debit card on a monthly basis.
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How do I Apply?
To apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office.
You can also apply by using the online application (only certain counties will accept online applications). Call your State Hotline at (877) 541-7905 or 211 (in-state only) or (512) 973-9203 (select option 2) to see if you can apply by phone.
If you are receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the state has created the SNAP Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) to make it easier for you to apply for SNAP.
To get SNAP and SSI, please contact your local Social Security Administration Office.
How do I Qualify?
You can get help from this program if you have limited income and resources. Some resources such as your home, car, and certain retirement accounts may not be counted when determining whether you meet the program guidelines.
In some cases, you may be able to take part in this program without having to do anything.
You will automatically get the program or have more generous rules if you and/or members of your household already get cash benefits from other programs such as:
- Public or General Assistance
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Additionally, if you get non-cash benefits (including TANF-funded informational pamphlet or counseling services), you may have higher income and/or resource limits.
What are the Citizenship Guidelines?
If you are a U.S. citizen and meet the other program guidelines, you may get help from this program.
If you live in the United States but are not a U.S. citizen, you may still apply if you and/or members of your household meet at least one of following guidelines for legal immigrants:
- lived legally in the United States for at least 5 years or more
- get disability related assistance or benefits, no matter when you entered the United States
- children under the age of 18, no matter when the child entered the United States
What do I Need?
- Documents Showing Number of People Living in Household
- Documents Showing Household Address
- Household Expenses Documented
- Medical Costs Documented
- Social Security Receipts
- Proof of Age
- Proof of Income and Resources
1. When will I get my food stamps?
Texas sends out benefits over 15 days, beginning on the 1st and based on the last digit of your Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number.
2. What’s the Lone Star Card?
The Lone Star Card is Texas’s EBT card. EBT = electronic benefits transfer. EBT card = a card that looks and works like a debit or credit card but is loaded with food stamps and/or cash benefits. You can use it at stores that accept EBT.
3. How do I apply for food stamps?
The easiest way to apply for food stamps is online. If you’d rather apply in person, call your local office (scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Find an Office”) or the Texas SNAP hotline (1-877-541-7905) to find out how.
The SNAP program is a nationwide entitlement program. This means that as long as you meet the rules for SNAP/food stamps, you have a legal right to receive them.
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