SNAP Information

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) addresses the nutritional needs of low-income families and is one of the nation's most important defenses against hunger. NTFB helps to increase enrollment through application assistance and providing SNAP information in our 13-county service area to overcome barriers to participation.

Request that a NTFB SNAP team representative contact you with more information about applying.

SNAP Assistance

NTFB Social Services Case Assistance Navigators answer questions about the application process and help clients complete and submit applications in Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, and Rockwall counties. Our assistance is free to the applicants. In FY19, NTFB provided access to 27.6 million meals through the SNAP program with an estimated $69 million in SNAP funds distributed into the economy of our service area. 

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If you or someone you know may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps", the case assistance navigators can help clients with:

  • Setting up user accounts in yourtexasbenefits.com for easy access to case status and information changes
  • Requesting information about the progress of a case from the regional office
  • Assisting applicants when they are applying for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Medicaid
  • Answering questions about the application process, procedures and rules
  • Supplying the proper application forms
  • Helping applicants fill out and submit applications
  • Advising applicants on required verification forms
  • Provide information regarding next steps after an application for benefits is submitted

Reach out directly by emailing snap@ntfb.org.

Growing Benefits

The Growing Benefits program was created and implemented in 2014 thanks to a grant from Walmart, through Feeding America. This program increases awareness and participation among seniors in SNAP by educating them about the benefits of gardening, and explaining how they can use SNAP to purchase seeds for their garden, as well as purchase food from farmers markets. 

10 Myths About SNAP

Myth: SNAP is welfare

Fact: The SNAP Program is a nutrition assistance program that changes lives and helps communities. It helps low income people buy nutritious foods. It is not welfare.

Myth: Other people need SNAP more; I don’t want to take them away from someone else

Fact: SNAP is an entitlement program. Anyone who applies and is eligible will get SNAP benefits. This will not reduce the amount that goes to anyone else.

Myth: You have to go to the office and wait many hours to get an appointment

Fact: The North Texas Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach coordinators can turn in an application for you and get a receipt. Any applicant can request a telephone interview

Myth: I own a car, so I will be disqualified

Up to $15,000 of the fair market value (FMV) for the highest valued countable vehicle is exempt. The excess over $15,000 FMV is counted toward the combined resource limit.

Up to $4,650 FMV for all other countable vehicles is exempt. The excess over $4,650 FMV is counted toward the combined resource limit. 

Myth: SNAP is only for families

Fact: SNAP benefits are for anyone who applies and qualifies.

Myth: Other people will know I use SNAP benefits

You use benefits by running a Lone Star card through the credit card machine at the grocery store. Other people are unlikely to notice.

Myth: SNAP benefits have to be paid back

People who get the right amount of SNAP benefits do not have to pay them back. If you benefit because of false information, then you will have to pay them back.

Myth: SNAP is for people who can’t, or don’t work

Fact: Any able-bodied person 18-60 years old who is able to work can receive SNAP benefits, but only for three months in a three year period if they are not working. This can be extended by the Texas Workforce Commission if they are compliant with the program but unable to find a job.

Myth: You can’t get SNAP if you have savings

The resource limit for SNAP is $5000 for families and individuals.

Myth: SNAP is not worth applying for since you only get $14

Fact: The amount of SNAP benefits depends on household size, income and certain expenses. A mother with two children who works full-time at $7 an hour and pays $350 in rent could receive $180 in benefits. Elderly people who live alone receive an average of $53 a month and households with a disabled person receive an average of $126 in benefits per month. A single person with no income may receive $162 each month.