What can you buy with food stamps in Texas?

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In Texas, SNAP is administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and can be used to purchase most foods at participating grocery stores and retailers. Benefits are deposited monthly into Texas Lone Star Cards, the state version of the EBT card.

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SNAP eligibility in Texas is based on household income and resources. For a family of four, the maximum allowable monthly income is $3,644, while the maximum monthly SNAP amount is $835. Most people between the ages of 16 and 59 must also follow the work rules, which state that you must be looking for work or part of an approved work program. If you have a job, you can’t quit without a good reason.

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If you live in a household where all members are 60 or older or are disabled, you can apply for the Texas Simplified Application Project (TSAP). This is a simplified SNAP application that provides three years of benefits instead of six months.

According to the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP benefits can be used to purchase:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Seafood (lobster and shellfish)
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Birthday Cakes
  • Gift baskets (as long as they are 50% edible)
  • Snacks and soft drinks, including energy drinks
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household

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SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Beer, wine, alcohol, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medications and supplements
  • Live animals (except crustaceans, fish taken out of the water and animals slaughtered before collection at the store)
  • Hot foods at the point of sale
  • Any non-food items

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