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In the state of Texas, citizens and legal residents living in low income households may be eligible to receive food stamps, a government food assistance program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, helps millions of Americans purchase groceries that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.

What is SNAP and how can it help you?

SNAP beneficiaries are given cash benefits each month to purchase groceries. In Texas, beneficiaries are given a Lone Star Card, which is a cash card much like a debit card, that is connected to their SNAP account to use for food purchases. In Texas, food stamps cannot be used to purchase non-food items or food prepared at food service establishments, like a restaurant. To be eligible to receive food stamps in TX, the applicant must be able to prove that he or she has a financial need for food assistance. Once SNAP benefits have been granted, the petitioner will receive a payment each month to be used on groceries until food assistance is no longer needed. Applicants who are able bodied adults under the age of 50 with no dependents can only qualify for food stamps in Texas for three months during a three year period.

SNAP also has a sister food assistance program called the Women, Infant, and Children’s Program, also known as WIC. WIC differs from SNAP in that it provides food assistance specifically to pregnant women, postpartum women, and children under the age of 5 who are able to establish a financial need.

What are food stamps?

Texas residents who want to learn more about SNAP benefits can continue reading through the sections below. Eligible Texas residents can apply for SNAP benefits online, by mail, or by phone. Applicants with difficulty reading can apply by phone with assistance from a food stamps customer service representative. Once the SNAP application has been evaluated, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will contact the petitioner to notify if the food stamps claim has been approved. If the petitioner believes that he or she was wrongfully disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits, the denial may be appealed.

This section on Texas SNAP eligibility will cover:

    • SNAP benefits in Texas
    • WIC (the Women, Infant and Children’s Program) in Texas
    • Eligibility requirements for SNAP in Texas
    • How to apply for food stamps in Texas
    • How to appeal food stamps denials in Texas
    • Texas SNAP FAQs