Food Benefits after Disaster
This article can tell you about getting access to Food Benefits after a Disaster. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
People in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey can apply for food benefits through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Like regular SNAP (formerly food stamps) it helps individuals and families to buy food and groceries, but offers faster access and additional food assistance following a disaster.
- D-SNAP benefits are issued within 72 hours,
- D-SNAP is available to households not normally eligible for SNAP a result of their disaster related expenses, including lost income, property damage, expenses due to relocation, and loss of food due to power outages.
- Eligible households receive one month of benefits equal to the maximum amount thye would normaly receive under SNAP.
- Like regular SNAP, D-SNAP benefits are issued through the Lone Star card that can be used to purchase food at most grocery stores.
- Under D-SNAP, ongoing SNAP clients can also receive disaster food assistance.
To apply: Call 877-541-7905, dial 2-1-1, or visit Your Texas Benefits.
Households with disaster losses whose SNAP benefits are less than the monthly maximum can request a supplement (S-SNAP). The supplement brings their benefits up to the maximum SNAP benefit allowed for their household size. This is to equalize D-SNAP households with SNAP households receiving disaster assistance.
If you lost food you bought with SNAP because of Hurricane Harvey, you can have them replaced. Call 2-1-1 to find the nearest open office and complete Form H1855, Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits. Renew SNAP food benefits at Your Texas Benefits or call 2-1-1 and select option 2. For WIC replacement benefits, call 2-1-1 or 800-942-3678, or go to TexasWIC.org.
Click on your area.
- Houston Food Bank
- Galveston Food Bank
- Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
- Corpus Christi Food Bank
- Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
- Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
- Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
- San Antonio Food Bank
For a searchable list of food banks, soup kitchens, and non-profit organizations providing food assistance, go to Food Pantries.org.