SNAP is a Health and Human Services program that helps financially struggling families buy healthy food to support their well-being and quality of life. People are also able to buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits in order to personally grow some of the food they need to eat every day. SNAP food benefits are put on a Lone Star Card and can be used like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. However, SNAP benefits cannot be used to:

  • Buy tobacco.
  • Buy alcoholic drinks.
  • Buy items that are not food or drink.
  • Pay for food bills members owe.

SNAP is for people who both meet program rules, and do not have a great deal of money. Most adults between 18 and 49 without children in the home can only get SNAP for three months out of a three-year period. If they work at least 20 hours a week in a job or training program, they may be able to extend their benefit period. Those who are pregnant or have a disability may not have to work in order to receive benefits. The following chart gives an idea of the income families can receive and still be a part of the program.


For more information on the program and eligibility, attached is a link to review their page.