2023 Income Limit for Texas Food Stamps

The income limit is the most important food stamps (SNAP) eligibility requirement in Texas. In this post, In this post, we are going to walk you through the 2023 income limit for Texas food stamps, including how to calculate how much you will receive in SNAP benefits if approved.

Additionally, we will provide information on how to apply for food stamps in Texas.

Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about SNAP benefits in Texas.

Table of Contents:

  • Food Stamps in Texas
  • Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Texas
  • 2023 Income Limit for Texas Food Stamps
  • How to Apply for Food Stamps in Texas
  • Food Stamps in Texas FAQs

2023 Income Limits for Texas Food Stamps

Food Stamps in Texas

SNAP (also known as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families in Texas.

In Texas, the SNAP program is run by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHS).

Once you are approved, SNAP benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, that is used as a debit card.

EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, some farmers’ markets, convenience, big box stores, and some online stores, like Walmart and Amazon.

SNAP benefits generally cannot be used to buy prepared foods, vitamins, alcohol/tobacco, and non-food items (like soap or toothpaste).

Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Texas?

To be eligible for SNAP in Texas, a household must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or legal immigrant
  • Must be a Texas resident
  • Your household income must be less than the food stamps income limits for your household size (see chart below)
  • With some exceptions, you must work or participate in an employment and training program
  • For most households, resources must be under $2,750 to qualify for SNAP or $4,250 in countable resources if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled

Senior SNAP

If you are age 60 and older, you may be eligible for Senior SNAP in Texas.

Click here to access the Texas Simplified Application Project (TSAP) page.

TSAP makes the SNAP application process easier for Seniors and provides three years of benefits at a time instead of six months.

2023 Income Limit for Texas Food Stamps

To qualify for SNAP in Texas, your household income must not exceed 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

You can find out if you may qualify by using the 2022/2023 table below.

Income limits vary according to household size.

Households that contain no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both the gross (income before deduction) and the net income (income after allowable deductions) limits.

However, households that contain an elderly (age 60 or over) individual or a disabled individual must meet only the net income limits.

See the table below for both the net and gross income limits according to household size.

Texas SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (165% of FPL)
1 $1,133 $1,473 $1,869
2 $1,526 $1,984 $2,518
3 $1,920 $2,495 $3,167
4 $2,313 $3,007 $3,816
5 $2,706 $3,518 $4,465
6 $3,100 $4,029 $5,114
7 $3,493 $4,541 $5,763
8 $3,886 $5,052 $6,412
Each Additional Household Member: Add $394 $512 $649

How to Apply for Food Stamps in Texas

There are multiple ways you can apply for food stamps in Texas.

Option 1 – Apply Online

The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits is online through the YourTexasBenefits.com portal.

Log on to https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ and select “Apply For new benefits”.

For help in creating a YourTexasBenefits.com account, see our post on How to Create a YourTexasBenefits.com Account.

If you are having trouble logging into your YourTexasBenefits.com account, see our guide on YourTexasBenefits.com Login Help.

YourTexasBenefits.com Mobile App

Alternatively, you can apply for SNAP benefits on your mobile phone through the
YourTexasBenefits.com Mobile App.

You can download the mobile app for Apple and Android.

Option 2 – Apply by Mail or Fax an Application

To apply by mail or fax, download the SNAP application here.

Once you have completed the application, you can submit it by mail or fax.

Instructions on how to do so are included in the application.

Also, you can request an application to be mailed to you by calling Call 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905. After you pick a language, press 2.

Option 3 – Apply in Person

If you are unable to apply online or by mail, the HHS has offices statewide to assist you with the application process.

Click here to find your local office.

Food Stamps in Texas FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Texas Food Stamps:

What is the Phone Number for Texas Food Stamps?

If you need help applying for food stamps in Texas or have further questions about how the SNAP program works, call Customer Call Center at 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905.

How Much Will I Receive in Texas Food Stamps?

If you are approved for food stamps in Texas, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:

  • Number of people in your household,
  • The total amount of your household’s income, and
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.

The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

In Texas, the average monthly SNAP amount per person is approximately $266.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

To find out how much you are likely to get in Texas SNAP if approved, use the calculator below.

In the example provided below, we are using a family of 6 to demonstrate how to calculate your food stamps amount.

How Texas Food Stamps Calculator

Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 6 will get in SNAP benefits.

First, we need to start with the household income.

If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).

Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.

Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.

From the table above, the maximum a household of 6 could receive in food stamps is $1,339

The result is the monthly food stamps benefits for a family of 6.

Here’s an example:

Example: Amy and her family of six (6) have $2,340 in net income after allowable deductions.

To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,340) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$ 2,340 Net Income for Amy’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 702 Countable Income
$ 1,339 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$702 Countable income (round up)
$ 637 Monthly SNAP benefits for Amy’s family

When are Texas EBT benefits deposited?

Texas food stamps benefits are deposited on your TX EBT Card (Lone Star Card) during the first 15 days of every month. Your Texas EBT Deposit Date varies based on the last digit of your EDG Number.

An EDG number (Eligibility Determination Group) is the number assigned to each benefit case (e.g SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid health care).

You can find your EDG number on the TF0001 form. This is the form that was sent to you from Health and Human Services saying that you have been approved for food stamps in Texas.

If you can’t find your EDG number, please call the Texas Health and Human Services at 800-777-7328.

Here is the Texas SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule for 2023:

Texas EBT Deposit Schedule for Food Stamps – 2023
Last Digit of your EDG Number:
Texas EBT Benefits Deposit Day:
0 1st day of the month
1 3rd day of the month
2 5th day of the month
3 6th day of the month
4 7th day of the month
5 9th day of the month
6 11th day of the month
7 12th day of the month
8 13th day of the month
9 15th day of the month

Your EBT Deposit Day is the day of the month you can expect to receive your benefits on your Texas Lone Star EBT Card.

Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your TX EBT card to purchase eligible food items.

How Many People are on Food Stamps in Texas?

Here’s how Texas’s Food Stamps numbers compare to the National Data for the United States:
As of January 2023, there are about 3.5 million people on food stamps in Texas.
Additionally, there are about 41 million people on food stamps in the United States, as shown in the tables below.
Texas Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:
Number of People on Food Stamps in Texas
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 3,144,868 3,516,606 11.8%
Number of Households 1,418,110 1,560,850 10.1%
Total Benefits ($) $733,956,084.00 $802,325,081.00 9.3%

United States Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:

Number of People on Food Stamps in The United States
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 40,846,833 41,665,296 2.0%
Number of Households 21,402,558 21,907,553 2.4%
Total Benefits ($) $9,117,810,630.00 $9,338,989,005.00 2.4%

What stores accept Texas EBT online for delivery?

Currently, there are 18 stores that accept Texas EBT Cards online as payment.

You can use your TX EBT Card and food stamp benefits to purchase approved grocery items and have it delivered directly to your door.

However, your Texas SNAP benefits cannot be use to pay for delivery fees.

Currently, the following stores accept Texas food stamps and EBT Cards online:

  1. Alberstons
  2. Aldi
  3. Amazon
  4. Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy
  5. Central Market
  6. FRESH by Brookshire’s
  7. H-E-B
  8. Joe V’s Smart Shop
  9. Lewis Food Town
  10. Randalls
  11. Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  12. Spring Market
  13. Sprouts Farmers Market
  14. Super 1 Foods Brookshires
  15. Target
  16. Tom Thumb
  17. Walmart
  18. Whole Foods

Can immigrants and refugees get Texas Food Stamps?

Yes, immigrants and refugees are now eligible to receive food stamps in Texas. New laws have made most legal immigrants eligible for SNAP benefits.

Food stamps are available only to U.S. citizens and limited categories of lawfully residing immigrants.

As a general rule, almost all legal immigrants are eligible for food stamps once they have been in the U.S. for five years.

Undocumented immigrants are not, and never have been, eligible for food stamps.

Income Limit for Texas Food Stamps Summary

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