In Texas, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. This program helps people with low incomes and resources to buy food to meet their basic nutritional needs. SNAP benefits are distributed for a certain certification period, which typically lasts for six months but can range as short as one month to as long as three years. For most adults between the ages of 18 and 50 who do not have a child in the home, SNAP benefits are limited to three months in a three-year period. To receive SNAP benefits, you must first make sure you’re eligible. You can use this screening tool to check your eligibility based on income and household size.
The next step is applying for food stamp benefits. The easiest way to apply is online. You can also download the form and mail the completed form to an HHSC benefits office. After your application is submitted, you will have to go through an interview process. Typically this can be done over the phone. If you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued a Lone Star Card. This EBT card is your key to purchasing food items. Benefits are issued to your account each month based on the last number of your SNAP Eligibility Determination Group number. For a full breakdown of the issuance dates, click here.
1. What are Emergency SNAP Benefits?
Emergency SNAP benefits are also known as expedited SNAP because they are given sooner than normal benefits. These are available for a family with resources worth $100 or less, or monthly income less than $150.
2. What is the maximum monthly SNAP amount?
For a breakdown of the maximum monthly SNAP allotment by household size, visit their website.
3. What should I do if my Lone Star Card is lost or stolen?
If your card is lost or stolen, call the Lone Star Help Desk immediately at 1-800-777-7328.
4. Can I let someone else use my Lone Star Card?
No. It is illegal to let someone else use your card or benefits.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Texas Food Stamps.