In this post we will outline step-by-step how to apply for food stamps in Texas online. Food stamps are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that enables low income families with the ability to purchase eligible food items that promote better health and nutrition. SNAP benefits are administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
In order to be eligible for SNAP benefits in Texas, you must first meet certain income requirements. Eligibility for SNAP benefits is also based on assets, monthly expenses and the size of your household. To find out whether you qualify to receive Food Stamps, please refer to the monthly income limit chart below. This chart gives you a general idea of the amount of money a person or family can get and still be in the program.
If you’re eligible to receive SNAP benefits in Texas, you’ll be issued an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, also known as a Lone Star card. Your Lone Star card can be used just like a debit card at participating grocery stores to purchase qualified food items. Your benefits are delivered to your Loan Star card on the same day each month. SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase any of the following:
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Items you cannot eat or drink
- Pay for food bills owed
If you qualify to receive SNAP benefits, then follow our step-by-step instructions on how to apply for food stamps in Texas online. If you wish to apply for SNAP benefits, but are unable do so online, you may also visit your local department office to apply. If you wish to continue by applying for SNAP benefits online, please read the instructions below.
How to Apply for Food Stamps in Texas Online:
Step 1 – Do you qualify to receive SNAP Benefits?
Before going through the process of applying for benefits, it’s important that you determine whether you are eligible for SNAP or not. To see if you qualify, take the Texas Benefits pre-screening tool online. The pre-screening tool will determine will determine what benefits you are eligible to receive in the state of Texas. The tool will ask you for some personal information regarding yourself and the people in your household, so please have that information ready as well.
Step 2 – Apply for Texas SNAP Benefits
Once you’ve completed the pre-screening tool, the next step is to submit your SNAP application. You will be able to apply for benefits online at the Your Texas Benefits website. When you go to the website, please click on the button that says, “Apply for New Benefits.” Be sure to have the following information ready for each member of your household before applying for benefits.
- Social Security number and birth date
- Citizenship or immigration status
- Money from jobs and other sources
- The value of cars and other property
- Costs you pay for bills
Step 3 – Complete an Interview
Once your application has been received by your local office, you’ll have to schedule and complete an interview. Interviews are usually done in-person or by phone. You will receive more information regarding the interview process after your SNAP application has been submitted. In most cases, you’ll be asked to provide more information such as proof of identity (driver’s license or picture ID), residence, income, and expenses. Please be sure to have all documentation ready prior to your interview. All information is confidential.
Step 4 – Texas EBT Card
If you’ve made it to step four then that means you’ve been approved to receive SNAP benefits in the state of Texas! You’ll be receiving your debit-like EBT card, also known as the Loan Star card in the mail. Your card is to be used exactly like a debit card at point-of-sale terminals. Be sure to set up your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) once your EBT card is received in the mail. Do not share this number with anyone.
Your benefits will be loaded to your card on the same day every month. Your benefits can be used to redeem approved food items at participating retailers. If you wish to know the current balance on your EBT card, please access that information here by logging into your EBT account.
We hope you found this guide useful when applying for SNAP benefits in Texas. If you have any questions or problems during the application process, please be sure to leave your feedback below. We love to hearing from you!