SNAP Food Benefits

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SNAP, TANF and Lone Star Card Information

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What it Offers

SNAP helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits.

SNAP food benefits are put on a Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP.

SNAP can’t be used to:

  • Buy tobacco.
  • Buy alcoholic drinks.
  • Buy things you can't eat or drink.
  • Pay for food bills you owe.

Who is it for?

  • People who don’t have a lot of money and meet program rules.
  • Most adults ages 18 to 49 with no children in their home can get SNAP for only three months in a three-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.
  • Households in which all members are either older adults (age 60 and older) or people with disabilities are eligible to participate in the Texas Simplified Application Project (TSAP), which makes the SNAP application process easier and provides three years of benefits at a time instead of six months.

Maximum Monthly Income Limits

The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) that most people or families can earn and still be in this program.
Family size Maximum monthly income
1 $ 1,775
2 $ 2,396
3 $ 3,020
4 $ 3,644
5 $ 4,268
For each additional person, add: $ 625

Other Rules

Most people ages 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

Most people ages 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.
Family size Monthly SNAP amount
1 $250
2 $459
3 $658
4 $835
5 $992
6 $1,190
7 $1,316
8 $1,504
For each additional person, add: $188

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