The Disaster SNAP program in Texas has officially ended, after serving more than 1.5 million people who suffered damage, lost income or had to flee their homes because of Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas Health and Human Services system worked with federal, state and local officials to offer the benefit and set up 43 D-SNAP locations in the 39 counties the federal government declared a disaster after Harvey hit the state. Harvey drove Texans out of their homes from Corpus Christi to Rockport, to Houston, to Orange. Local officials chose the locations for Texans to apply for D-SNAP, and HHS provided the staff to process the applications.
"This is what we do," HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith said. "It’s our job to help Texans get back on their feet and Harvey presented an enormous challenge to our staff, many of whom suffered damage in their own homes. They stepped up to that challenge, and I could not be more proud of our efforts."
About 2,200 HHS employees worked to help Texans apply for D-SNAP, taking in more than 544,000 applications.
"Our people rose to the occasion, working far from their homes and loved ones," Associate Commissioner Wayne Salter said. "They came together as a united force driven with a passion that epitomizes Texans' desire to help their neighbors."
From the time Harvey crossed the Yucatan Peninsula on Aug. 23 and reformed in the Gulf of Mexico to the opening of the first D-SNAP application site, HHS and local officials had to prepare staff, gain approvals, and find locations for offices and for staff to react to the storm. Harvey slammed the South Texas coast as a major hurricane and then lingered to create the largest rain event in North American history along the upper Texas coast.
D-SNAP provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster. Eligible Texans were able to receive two months of benefits on Lone Star Cards.
If you need ongoing food assistance, you can apply for regular SNAP benefits. SNAP benefits provide a monthly benefit to eligible households to help people buy food and other eligible items they need for good health.
You can apply for SNAP online at YourTexasBenefits.com. If you don't have access to a computer or mobile device, you can call 2-1-1 (or 877-541-7905) and select Option 2 to find other options.