Texas has definitely had several conversations when it comes to providing help to people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, SNAP benefit recipients for the year 2023 could possibly be eligible for up to $939 in help each month. The funds for each each Texan who qualifies for help with food costs will be via use of the Lone Star card.


Remember conversations like this? "Hey, can you stop at H-E-B on the way home and grab some chicken and bread?" "Sure, need anything else?" "Yeah, but it can wait a few days." Now I imagine planning a trip to the grocery store feels like preparing for urban exploration at Chernobyl. I care for a parent whose lungs took a beating from pneumonia a couple of years ago, so I've been relying on grocery delivery and help from friends to keep her safe, disinfecting everything that comes into the house. I dread the day I have to make a trek out because I worry about bringing something home to mom. Hand washing and sanitizing what we buy are great ways to stay safe and healthy, but when you care for a relative who's particularly at risk, no amount of rational thinking can quiet that little voice of doubt in the back of your mind.
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Even though the benefits are convenient for a lot of Texans struggling with the rising cost of living, not everyone will be able to qualify to receive the full amount. According to Yahoo News, to see if you qualify for the state benefits for your household, the gross income and size of the household must be taken into consideration, among other things. For example, if there is a household with four people and the monthly income totals $3,816 they would qualify for the full amount.

Even if you don't think you'd qualify for the full $939, it's worth checking to see how much you do qualify for, since every little bit helps. Just keep in mind that Texas has work rules associated with SNAP benefits, meaning you must either be in an approved work program, or be actively looking for work. You could lose your benefits if you quit your job without a legitimate reason.

You can see eligibility requirements here.


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To fill out any of the information to see if you are eligible for SNAP benefits, you could either go online to apply (printable forms are available as well), or visit your local Texas Health and Human Services office.

If you're struggling right now, you're not alone. Don't be shy about applying and getting a little help while you get back on your feet.

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