Benefits Assistance

The East Texas Food Bank helps connect people with benefits they may be eligible for, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helping them feed themselves and their families.  Below are some common questions about SNAP:

How do I receive in SNAP benefits and what can I purchase?

Your monthly snap benefits are loaded onto the Lone Star Card.  This card can be used at the grocery store, just like a debit or gift card, to purchase groceries.  You can not purchase alcoholic drinks, hot food/foods that can only be eaten in the store or non-food items with the Lone Star Card.


Household Size   Gross Monthy Income
1                            $1,354
2                            $1,832
3                            $2,311
4                            $2,790
5                            $3,269
Each Additional           +479

How much do I receive in SNAP benefits each month?

The amount you receive is based on how many people live with you and how much money you get from jobs & other sources.

I have a job, so this means I can’t get SNAP benefits?

Many people that get money from jobs, retirement, child support and other sources can get SNAP benefits. You must have less than $5,000 in “countable resources” to qualify. Countable resources include: vehicles, cash, bank accounts and other things you own.

Do I have to have children to get SNAP benefits?

No, children do not have to be in the household to get SNAP benefits.

How can I apply to receive SNAP benefits?

An East Texas Food Bank Client Benefits Specialist can help you complete an application by phone or personal visit by filling out the form below.  You may also visit

**Please note: Our Client Benefits Specialists can only process applications for those in our service area.  You will be referred to another Texas food bank or 2-1-1 if we are unable to assist you.**

Request Benefits Information & Assistance

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442 
  3. Email:

The East Texas Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider and employer.