Hardin and Chambers County residents begin to apply for 'D-SNAP' temporary food benefits

AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Health and human Services will be opening locations in Chambers and Hardin County on Monday, September 25 for victims of Hurricane Harvey to apply for disaster food relief.

The department is working with officials in Jefferson County to open a site in the county as soon as possible.

For information on all currently approved D-SNAP sites, go to www.hhs.texas.gov/d-snap to find days and hours of operation. 

Generally, sites are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with certain exceptions.
                                      

  • Chambers County Residents
    Don McLeod Recreation Center
    10717 Langston Drive
    Mont Belvieu

 

  • Hardin County Residents
    Lumberton Performing Arts Center at Lumberton High School
    103 S. LHS Drive
    Lumberton


Alphabetical Rollout Details

Applications are being taken based on a rolling alphabetical order. People will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name. 

For detailed instructions, hours and updates, go to www.hhs.texas.gov/d-snap.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the program formerly known as food stamps.

Within these counties residents will be able to sign up in-person based on their last name.

  • Sept. 25   A - C
  • Sept. 26   D - H
  • Sept. 27   I - M
  • Sept. 28   N - R
  • Sept. 29   S - Z
  • Sept. 30   Anyone
    • Including those who missed the day for their name 
  • Oct. 1   Anyone
    • Including those who missed the day for their name

D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster. 

From Texas Health & Human Services...

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Chambers and Hardin County starting Monday, Sept. 25.

Texas has been offering D-SNAP benefits to counties in a phased approach that began Sept. 13. Texas has had active D-SNAP programs in the majority of the 39 eligible counties.

Texas is working with local officials to roll out additional sites in Jefferson, Victoria, Montgomery, Galveston and other counties in the coming days.

With Monday’s rollout, D-SNAP will have been offered in 31 of the 39 eligible counties so far. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP, provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster.


For information on all currently approved D-SNAP sites, go to www.hhs.texas.gov/d-snap to find days and hours of operation.

Generally, sites are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with certain exceptions.
                                      
Chambers County Residents
Don McLeod Recreation Center
10717 Langston Drive
Mont Belvieu


Hardin County Residents
Lumberton Performing Arts Center (Lumberton High School)
103 S. LHS Drive
Lumberton


Alphabetical Rollout Details

Applications are being taken based on a rolling alphabetical order. People will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name.

For detailed instructions, hours and updates, go to www.hhs.texas.gov/d-snap.

Date                  Last name
Sept. 25             A - C
Sept. 26             D - H
Sept. 27             I - M
Sept. 28             N - R
Sept. 29             S - Z
Sept. 30, Oct. 1  Anyone

D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster.

Recipients will be given a Lone Star Card that will be loaded within three days with funds to purchase food from most grocery stores.

Residents of the affected counties may be eligible if they suffered damage to their home or business, loss of income or disaster-related expenses. Disaster-related expenses can include home repairs, temporary shelter or evacuation expenses.

Households must bring identification when applying for D-SNAP. Common types of verification include a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification.

Eligible households will receive two months of benefits when their cards load.

The benefit amount is equivalent to the maximum amount normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, within three days of applying.

If families have been displaced from one of the counties receiving D-SNAP and cannot travel back to their home county, they can go to any local HHS benefits office across the state to apply for D-SNAP during the dates designated for their counties.

Texas has been closely tracking eligibility and approvals for D-SNAP as benefits are delivered.

Texas is administering D-SNAP based on federal guidelines and income parameters. Texas has controls in place to ensure benefits are provided to people who meet the requirements outlined by the federal program.

People who purposely provide wrong information to receive disaster benefits may be denied benefits, and legal action may be taken against them.

More Information

People with questions about D-SNAP, including those who have special needs, should dial 2-1-1 and select option 6.

For other storm-related services, including shelters, dial 2-1-1 and select option 5.

For questions about TANF, Medicaid or CHIP, dial 2-1-1 and select option 2.

To check benefit amounts, recipients can visit YourTexasBenefits.com or call the Lone Star Help Desk at 800-777-7EBT (800-777-7328).

 

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