The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program intended to provide food for individuals and families without enough income to meet their nutritional needs.
Its policy is designed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to provide nutritionally beneficial food and beverages to all qualified individuals and families. The Texas SNAP program was started in 1964 with the federal Food Stamp Act, that gave coupons to families so they could purchase foods to sustain a healthy diet.
Congress amended the Act in 1971 and added eligibility requirements. These eligibility criteria remain mostly unchanged until today, and include the rules that all Texas SNAP recipients
- register for work,
- keep a record of their job search process, and
- not refuse suitable job offers. Applicants are exempt from these requirements if they are elderly, injured, or already working 30 hours per week or more.
Even though the federal law does not force states to offer work search assistance, Texas began a program to help recipients find work. The TX SNAP Employment and Training program is the final version of this program, and has been amended in Texas according to certain state initiatives, such as consolidating the program into the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and transferring the administration of food stamps to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The TX SNAP program has other qualifications for income, work, household, and other responsibilities. Most adults between the ages of 18 and 49 are only eligible to receive benefits for three months. One exception to this rule includes being a caretaker.
SANP Benefits are deposited onto a card that can be used like a credit or debit card at any grocery store for food and seeds used for gardening. The program addresses hunger and feeds families, but also is supposed to counteract vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Almost all food and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased at grocery stores.
Whether you are looking to apply for SNAP benefits, wondering how to use the EBT card, or what purchases you can make with it, the following sections will cover everything you need to know about the SNAP program. Read on to learn what TX SNAP benefits are, how to know if you are eligible, how to apply, how to use the EBT card, and what to do if your Texas SNAP benefits are denied.