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Texas expands food benefits for Harvey victims

Recovering from Harvey

Victims of Hurricane Harvey will be offered disaster food relief this week by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, commonly known as D-SNAP, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 13, provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster.

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

Residents from Orange, Jasper, Newton, Tyler and Sabine counties can only apply between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19.

You will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of your last name. Offices will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Date, 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

“The devastation from Hurricane Harvey will impact Texas families for years to come,” Abbott said in a news release. “In this time of need, this program will help Texans get back on their feet faster, as they will have one less thing to worry about. The State of Texas will continue do everything it can to help Texans rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.”

Texas HHSC will begin offering the benefits in stages, beginning with an 11-county area that can be served through the health and human services offices in those counties.

Larger-population sites, such as in Houston and Corpus Christi, 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.

“We have Texas families who lost everything,” Texas HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith said. “This puts a card in their hands so they can buy the food they need. Nothing is more important than feeding and taking care of our families.”

Residents of the initial 11-county area must apply in person. Applications will be taken for those counties based on a rolling alphabetical order between Sept. 13 and 19. For detailed instructions and the alphabetical order listing, click here.

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 up to 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.

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 selection 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 1-800-777-7EBT (1-800-777-7328).

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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.

*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 health 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.

D-SNAP locations

You must apply for D-SNAP in your county of residence.

Residents of the following counties may only apply for D-SNAP between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19: Dewitt, Gonzalez, Jasper, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Matagorda, Newton, Orange, Sabine and Tyler. You will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of your last name. Offices will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jasper County - Kirbyville

314 N. Herndon

Kirbyville, TX 75956

Newton County - Kirbyville (Jasper County)

314 N. Herndon

Kirbyville, TX 75956

Orange County - Orange

2222 Gloria Dr.

Orange, TX 77630

Sabine County - Hemphill

2015 Worth St.

Hemphill, TX 75948

Tyler County - Woodville

930 N. Magnolia

Woodville, TX 75979

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