Many Texans have trouble making ends meet each month. After paying for rent, utilities, transportation, and child care, there's often little left over to buy nutritious food. But it doesn't have to be that way. Each month, hundreds of thousands of families across the state turn to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to receive help in the form of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help feed their families. Read on to learn how you can receive help if you qualify.
SNAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income families buy nutritious food from local food stores. SNAP assistance is available to qualifying families, elderly people, and single adults. Applicants must reside in Texas, and must apply in the county in which they reside.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) establishes all eligibility and certification policies. Your eligibility for benefits will depend on your situation on the following criteria:
- Employment Services
- Work Requirement (for individuals age 18-50)
- Social Security Numbers
While Benefits.gov has the ability to pre-screen your eligibility at a high-level, you must work with your local county Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) office to confirm your eligibility. To do this, you will need to apply for benefits and participate in an in person/by phone interview.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program.
Program Contact Information
For further information about the Texas Food Stamp program, read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
For more detailed information about eligibility requirements, please visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's website.