SNAP Food Benefits

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SNAP, TANF and Lone Star Card Information


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What it Offers

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 to the 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 as long as they meet program rules.
  • Most adults age 18 to 49 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) most people or families can get and still be in this program.

Family size Monthly amount of income allowed
1 $ 1,775
2 $ 2,396
3 $ 3,020
4 $ 3,644
5 $ 4,268
For each additional person, add: $ 625

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 $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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