How To Apply For Texas Food Stamps
View the information below if you are interested in applying for food stamps in Texas. It is important that you have all the documentation and information needed so the application process is not delayed. If you still have questions or issues about applying for food stamps, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), then you can call the Texas SNAP hotline at 877-541-7905. The department that handles this program is called the Texas Health and Human Services.
The Texas SNAP program helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits. SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. Who is it for?
- People who don't have a lot of money as long as they meet program rules
- Most adults age 18 to 49 with no children in the home can get SNAP for only 3 months in a 3-year period. The benefit period might be longer if the person works at least 20 hours a week or is in a job or training program. Some adults might not have to work to get benefits, such as those who have a disability or are pregnant
Maximum monthly income limits
The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) most people or families can get and still be in this program.
|Family size||Monthly amount of income allowed|
|For each additional person, add:||$575|
Most people age 16 to 59 must follow work rules to get Texas SNAP benefits. Work rules mean a person must look for a job or be in an approved work program. If the person has a job, they can’t quit without a good reason.
Maximum monthly SNAP amount
|Family size||Monthly SNAP amount|
|For each additional person, add:||$144|
Apply for Texas food stamps
Before you apply, you can first see what benefits you qualify for by using their online pre-screening tool. Do note, this is not an application, it simply determines what benefit you qualify for. You can apply for Texas SNAP benefits online at YourTexasBenefits.com. Once you are on that site the next step is to click the "Apply" tab and then click "Apply Now". From there you must log in or create an account.
You can get free help applying for HHSC benefits by visiting a Community Partner in your area. Or if you want to, you can get help by calling toll-free 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905. After you pick a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
The other option is to fill out a paper application. If you can't use YourTexasBenefits.com, you can print the form and fill it out by hand. From there you will need to mail them a signed and dated copy of the form. To download a copy of the Texas SNAP application, or have one mailed to you, go to YourTexasBenefits.com. Click on "Get a Paper Form" at the bottom of the page. Click "Download" to print or click "Send by Mail" for forms you want mailed to you. If you cannot do that, then you can call them toll-free 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905. After you pick a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.