Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a government program that helps people buy the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits can also be used to buy garden seeds. SNAP food benefits are put onto a Lone Star Card and then used just like a credit or debit card at any store that accepts SNAP.

SNAP CANNOT be used for:

  • tobacco
  • alcoholic drinks
  • items that are not food or drink
  • outstanding food bills

Learn More about SNAP

To learn more about monthly income limits and how to apply go to
SNAP Food Benefits

SNAP Coverage

SNAP is available for:

  • Low- or no-income families and individuals 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.
  • Most people age 16 to 59 must follow work rules to receive SNAP benefits. These rules include that a person must look for a job or be in an approved work program. If the person is employed, they cannot quit without good reason.

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If you need help or have questions about your application, please call toll-free 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905. After you choose a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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