Saturday, October 29, 2011

Texas SNAP Program

If you need assistance with getting food and you reside in the state of Texas, you might be eligible for the Texas Snap Program. The Texas food stamp program is now identified as the Texas Snap Program: Snap is an acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If you have a low income and minimal resources, you can apply for the program and get food stamp benefits on a monthly basis.

In order to be eligible for the Texas Snap Program you have to meet specific requirements established by the Human Health and Service Commission, otherwise identified as the HHSC. You will have to complete and application for food stamps and your application usually has to be renewed every three to six months. People ages 18 to 50, if meeting all requirements, can get food stamps for three months to three years. This limitation can be extended for those individuals involved in job training or who work twenty hours a week or more. Food stamps are also available to pregnant females and the disabled.

If you are approved to receive benefits through the Texas SNAP program, you are supplied with a Lone Star Debit card. The amount of food stamps you are eligible for are applied to the card, and you can use the card in stores to make purchases of the food you need. Every month, provided you continue to remain eligible, your food stamp balance on the debit card is renewed.

You can also get emergency Texas Snap benefits if you have a monthly income of less than $150.00 and less than $100.00 in available resources or if you have more monthly expenses than resources and income. You can apply for the program online at, or you can visit a local HHSC office to fill out a paper application. You can also dial 2-1-1 on your phone to begin the application process.