Texas SNAP

Texas SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, helps needy families with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

SNAP often serves as the first line of defense against hunger, providing crucial support to the elderly, the disabled, and the unemployed.

SNAP benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, known in Texas as “Lone Star Card”, that is accepted at most grocery stores.

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In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Texas
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible applicants who aren’t exempt must be actively seeking for work, or participating in an employment and training program.

ABAWDs must comply with special work requirements or they will be subject to the three-month time limit.

FAQ #


Who qualifies for Texas food stamps? #

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Most families in Texas with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.

How much do you get in food stamps in Texas? #

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Benefit levels vary based on household size, income and other factors. The average food stamps benefit in Texas is about $392 per household per month.

How do I apply for food stamps in Texas? #

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To apply for benefits, you must fill out and submit an application, which you can do so online at YourTexasBenefits.com. If you don’t have an account, please create one.

Once your application is received, an interview with a caseworker will be arranged to review your eligibility.

How long does it take to get approved for food stamps in Texas? #

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Generally, a state has a 30-day approval period before issuing food stamp benefits but may provide “expedited benefits” in as little as seven days to those who need emergency food or have a qualifying income.

If you need help applying for benefits, call toll-free 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for assistance.