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How To Apply For Food Stamps In Texas

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Texas Lone Star Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Texas. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Texas SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for assistance.

Texas Food Stamps Are For

  • People who don't have a lot of money as long as they meet program rules.
  • Most adults age 18 to 50 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) a person or family can get and still be in this program. Some people might be able to get benefits even if their income is higher than what is listed in this chart.

Family Size Monthly amount of income allowed
1 $1,619
2 $2,191
3 $2,763
4 $3,335
5 $3,907
Each additional person, add: $572

Other facts
Most people age 16 to 59 must follow work rules to get 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
1 $194
2 $357
3 $511
4 $649
5 $771
6 $925
7 $1,022
8 $1,169
Each additional person, add: $146

How to Apply for Texas Food Stamps
You can apply for the following types of programs on

  • SNAP food benefits
  • Medicaid
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Medicare Savings Programs
  • TANF cash help for families

After you go to

  • Click on the "Apply for benefits" box.
  • Set up an account.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Send the form to them by clicking a button at the end of the form.

Call them at 2-1-1
If you need help applying for benefits, call toll-free 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905. After you pick a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fill out a paper application
If you can't use, you can print the form and fill it out by hand. You will need to mail them a signed and dated copy of the form. If you want to print a form from your computer: See a list of forms.

If you want forms mailed to you
You can either:

  • Go to Click on "Get a paper form" at the bottom of the page. Then scroll down to "Ask to have the forms mailed to you."
  • Call toll-free 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905. After you pick a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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