Feeding Texas and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) are partnering to get more Texans to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps. Through its SNAP Program, The South Texas Food Bank is taking part of this very important state-wide initiative.
What is the SNAP (Food Stamps) Program?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.
SNAP benefits are directly deposited into the household's EBT card account. Households may use EBT to pay for food at supermarkets, convenience stores and other food retailers, including certain farmers' markets.
One of the main reasons why many needy in the south Texas area are missing out on benefits they qualify for is due to the often long application eligibility process, difficulty in filling applications, misinformation and stigma.
What we do:
We are able to assist applicants with the YTB website and offer them a faster response with the On Demand Process and we still continue assisting them with their manual applications.
Our staff motivates applicants to provide all required documentation to make the process faster for them by assigning a list of requirements. This service is a great advantage for our applicants.
To make the process of applying for the benefits easier we implemented a fun education area for the applicant kids. While parents are in the process of getting assistance, their children enjoy doing fun activities.
How do I apply?
If you think you might be eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, and/or TANF benefits and would like to apply, contact The South Texas Food Bank or visit the USDA website for more information.
To download and print a SNAP Program application,
More than SNAP!
Did you know that you can also apply for Medicaid and TANF (if you are a qualifying candidate) through your food stamps application?
We can also assist you in applying for these the following programs too:
- Medicaid for children and adults
- CHIP (Pre-natal)
- Women's programs
To download and print a Children's Medicaid-Chip application,
For more information, please visit the official Texas Health and Human Services Commission website: www.hhsc.state.tx.us
We are also offering nutrition classes every month for our SNAP applicants. The South Texas Food Bank is trying to enforce a better health eating, after clients get their program service we do a 10 minute SNAP ED in "My Plate". Not only are the clients benefiting from our social service offering, but they are also being motivated and informed about leading a healthier lifestyle.
SNAP Employment & Training Program
If you are a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant you can take steps to learn or improve skills that can lead to a career and financial independence. Individuals who receive nutrition assistance benefits qualify for many Federal and State employment and training programs that help them obtain and retain employment. For more information, download and/or print a brochure.
To download brochure,
For more information:
To download and print a SNAP Outreach Program brochure in English, click here .
For more information, contact:
Marissa Alvarez, Program Coordinator
Tel: (956) 726-3120
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