Understanding Texas SNAP Benefits: Eligibility, Usage, and Restrictions

6/26/20242 min read

SNAP -Texas Health Connections
SNAP -Texas Health Connections

Overview of Texas SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Texas provides essential food assistance to low-income individuals and families. Managed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), SNAP aims to ensure that eligible residents can access nutritious food.

Income Limits for Texas SNAP Benefits

To qualify for SNAP benefits in Texas, applicants must meet specific income guidelines. The income limits are based on the federal poverty level and vary depending on household size.

The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) that most people or families can earn and still be in this program, refer https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home to confirm.

Who all are Eligible

  • People in eligible low-income households.

  • Most adults ages 18 to 52 with no children in their home can get SNAP for only three months in a three-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.

How Texas SNAP Benefits Are Used

Once approved, SNAP benefits are loaded onto an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. Recipients can use their EBT card to purchase eligible food items at authorized retailers, including grocery stores, supermarkets, and some farmers' markets. Eligible items include fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, bread, cereals, and other staples.

Restrictions on SNAP Benefits

While SNAP benefits enable access to essential food items, there are certain restrictions on what can be purchased. For instance, SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, hot food, or any non-food items such as household supplies and pet food. Additionally, SNAP benefits cannot be used for restaurant meals, except in specific cases for the elderly, disabled, or homeless individuals who participate in restaurant meal programs.

How to apply for SNAP

Visit https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home to apply for SNAP benefits.


The Texas SNAP program plays a crucial role in supporting the nutritional needs of low-income families and individuals. By understanding the income limits, how benefits are used, and the restrictions involved, recipients can make the most of the assistance provided. For more detailed information or to apply for SNAP benefits, visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission website.

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Credits: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/food/snap-food-benefits