AUSTIN - Harvey victims in some of the smaller Southeast Texas counties are now able to apply for short term food benefits.
Applicants are required to apply in their county of residence between Sept 13 - 19 based on their last name according to the Texas Health and Human Services.
The first Southeast Texas counties taking Disaster SNAP, or D-SNAP, applications are Jasper, Newton, Orange, Sabine and Tyler Counties.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the program formerly known as food stamps.
Within these five counties residents will be able to sign up in-person based on their last name.
- Sept. 13 A - C
- Sept. 14 D - H
- Sept. 15 I - M
- Sept. 16 N - R
- Sept. 17 S - Z
Sept. 18 & 19 Anyone
- Including those who missed the day for their name
Dates and locations for those needing to apply for benefits in the more populous counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson and Liberty Counties will be announced by Texas Health & Human Services in the coming days as locations are set up with officials in each county.
Residents should watch local media or sign up for alerts from Texas Health & Human Services to be notified when they can apply for help.
Here's where to sign up currently...
Jasper County - Jasper
928 Marvin Hancock Dr., Suite A,
Jasper, TX 75951
Newton County - Kirbyville (Jasper County)
314 N. Herndon
Kirbyville, TX 75956
* There are no HHS offices in Newton County but residents can apply at a Jasper County office
Orange County - Orange
2222 Gloria Dr.
Orange, TX 77630
Sabine County - Hemphill
2015 Worth St.
Hemphill, TX 75948
930 N. Magnolia
Woodville, TX 75979
From Texas Health & Human Services...
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. D-SNAP is designed to help when people return to their homes and have access to electricity and grocery stores. Benefits are loaded on a Lone Star Card within three days of applying, and the amount is equal to two months of the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, based on household size.
There is a limited period of time to apply for D-SNAP, based on your county of residence.
To be eligible, you must:
Be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster area*.
Have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home or a disaster-related expense, such as temporary shelter or home repairs.
Not have been getting regular SNAP food benefits at the time of the disaster.
Meet certain income limits. Click here to view income limits.
*Federal disaster counties are:
Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton
Applying for D-SNAP
You must apply in person at a designated D-SNAP location in your county of residence. You will not be able to apply online. D-SNAP applications will be accepted for a limited amount of time in each county.
To apply you’ll need to show:
Proof of identity - Examples include a driver’s license or other government-issued ID
If you enroll in D-SNAP and you are pregnant or have a child younger than five, you are also eligible for WIC.
This allows you to get healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, cereal, bread and milk, as well as breastfeeding assistance, infant formula and help from nutritionists and other sources. Visit TexasWIC.org or call 800-942-3678 for more information.
Larger-population sites, such as in Houston and Corpus Christi, or Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty and Chambers Counties, will launch in the coming days with special sites to accommodate large volumes of people who would not be able to be efficiently served through a local HHS office.
HHS has asked local government officials in those areas to identify sites that are convenient and large enough to handle the expected volumes of applicants. HHS will announce those sites as soon as possible.
If you have additional questions about D-SNAP, call 2-1-1 and after picking a language choose option 6.
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