Will Texas Get Extra Food Stamps? (March 2021 Update)
The state of Texas has been approved to issue extra food stamps benefits as part of the Stimulus Package due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In this post, we will provide a complete review of extra food stamps in Texas. Find out if you qualify, how much you will get each month, and for how long.
However, before we get into details about the extra benefits for March 2021, we first want to explain what the Emergency allotment benefits are about.
Next, we will talk about the Texas program and who is eligible.
We will also explain how much you are likely to get in benefits if eligible and how to calculate your extra benefit amount.
Lastly, we will provide the extra food stamps benefits deposit schedule in Texas and when you can expect your extra benefit this month.
This post will cover:
- What are supplemental Emergency Allotment benefits?
- Extra Food Stamp Benefits in Texas
- Who Qualifies for Extra Food Stamps in Texas?
- How much in extra food stamps will I receive?
- Emergency Allotment Benefits Calculator
- Additional 15% Temporary Increase in Food Stamps in 2021
- Extra Food Stamps in Texas Deposit Schedule – 2020/2021
- FAQs about Texas Food Stamps and Extra Benefits
What are supplemental Emergency Allotment benefits?
The Families First Act (FFA) is a federal law that was passed to respond to the effects of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
Included in the law is a provision for emergency supplemental benefits to households receiving SNAP or Food Stamps.
This provision allows states to issue supplemental SNAP benefits, up to the maximum allowable SNAP benefit for a household’s size, during the emergency or disaster declaration.
These temporary supplemental SNAP benefits are also referred to as Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits.
States have to get waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) each month to issue these Emergency Allotment SNAP Benefits.
Extra Food Stamp Benefits in Texas
Since March 2020, Texas has issued supplemental SNAP benefits monthly to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is great news because the state of Texas is one of the states with the highest number of people who are not getting enough to eat.
In fact, According to HHSC data, nearly 13% of the state’s residents — or 3.7 million people — are currently receiving SNAP benefits.
Only households whose SNAP benefit for the month was less than the maximum benefit amount for their household’s size will get extra benefits for that month.
However, households who already received the maximum benefit amount for their household size in a month are not eligible.
Furthermore, households may not receive more than the maximum allowable amount for their household size.
Who Qualifies for Extra Food Stamps in Texas?
Here’s how to find out if you qualify for extra food stamps in Texas:
If your household received a SNAP benefit for the months between March 2020 and this current month, here’s what you should know.
If the SNAP benefits you received during those months were less than the maximum benefit amount for your household’s size, then you will automatically get a supplemental EA SNAP benefit.
It is important to note that the supplemental EA SNAP benefit will only be provided for the months that your household received less than the maximum benefit amount.
How much in extra food stamps will I receive?
The amount of extra food stamp benefits you receive is determined by your household size.
Your Emergency Allotment benefit is the difference between the amount of benefits you are currently receiving and the maximum benefit amount for your household size.
As stated earlier above, if you are already receiving the maximum monthly benefit amount for your household size, then you will not receive any additional or extra SNAP benefits.
However, if you are not receiving the maximum benefit allotment for your household size, then you will receive extra food stamp benefits.
For help, check out our example on how to calculate your Emergency Allotment benefits below:
Emergency Allotment Benefits Calculator
The formula to calculate how much extra food stamps you will receive through Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits is provided below.
Maximum Monthly Benefit Allotment for Household Size – Current Monthly SNAP Benefits = Total Extra Allotment SNAP benefits
If you live in a household of 3 people and are currently receiving $400 in SNAP benefits per month, then you will receive $135 in extra food stamp benefits.
That’s because the maximum allotment amount for a household of three is $535 per month.
To find out the maximum SNAP benefit allotment for your household size, check out the table below.
What is the maximum SNAP benefit amount for my family’s size?
The “Thrifty Food Plan” (TFP) is the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, per household size.
Beginning October 1, 2020, the TFP amounts of SNAP benefits per household size have increased.
Use the chart below to find the Maximum SNAP Allotment Amount for your household size.
The 2021 maximum SNAP allotments for the District of Columbia and all states other than Alaska and Hawaii are as follows:
Please note that a temporary 15% increase in SNAP benefits was authorized in the recently signed federal relief legislation and will be in effect for the months of January through June 2021:
Below is the maximum monthly SNAP benefit amount by household size for the period March 2020 – September 2020.
This increase was due to The Families First Act (FFA) legislation.
Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit Amount
|Each additional person||+146|
October — December 2020
The USDA announced a 5.3% increase in maximum SNAP benefits in response to rising food costs. This announcement was effective October 1, 2020.
Below are the new maximum monthly SNAP benefit amounts based on that announcement.
Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit Amount
|Each additional person||+153|
Additional 15% Temporary Increase in Food Stamps in 2021
Congress passed The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which authorized an increase in increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Specifically, the legislation raised the maximum allotments to 115 percent of the June 2020 value of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).
The law also requires that the increased maximum allotments will only be effective from January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
However, on July 1, 2021, the maximum allotment for food stamps will revert to the fiscal year 2021 benefit allotments.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement about the 15% increase in food stamps.
Texas will issue the extra benefit through June 2021.
As the tweet below from the Texas HHSC shows, the state has already begun issuing the new extra benefits.
.@GovAbbott announced that the Texas HHSC will provide approximately $300 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for the month of February as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Texas HHSC (@TexasHHSC) February 2, 2021
Below are the new maximum monthly SNAP benefit amounts based on the 15% increase, which is effective January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021.
Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit Amount
|Each additional person||+176|
If you would like to know when you can expect your Extra food stamps benefits for the month, see the deposit schedule below.
Extra Food Stamps in Texas Deposit Schedule – 2020/2021
Each eligible Texas household will only receive one emergency allotment per benefit month that emergency allotments are approved.
Your extra EBT benefits will be paid according to the Texas EBT payment schedule as explained below:
SNAP EBT benefits in Texas are deposited between the 1st and 15th of the month.
When you receive your benefits depends on the last digit of your Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number.
Here’s the schedule.
|If the Last digit of your EDG Number is||Benefits are deposited on the|
|0||1st of the month|
|1||3rd of the month|
|2||5th of the month|
|3||6th of the month|
|4||7th of the month|
|5||9th of the month|
|6||11th of the month|
|7||12th of the month|
|8||13th of the month|
|9||15th of the month|
Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your Texas EBT card to purchase eligible food items.
For a full list of approved food items, see the Food Stamps Eligible Food List here.
FAQs about Texas Food Stamps and Extra Benefits
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Texas Food Stamps and the Extra food stamps in Texas – emergency allotment program.
How Much in Extra Food Stamps will I Get in Texas?
If you are eligible, you will get the difference between the amount of benefits you are currently receiving and the maximum benefit amount for your household size.
Use the table below to see the maximum amount for your household size.
Note that there is a temporary 15% increase in maximum benefits that will last from January – June 2021.
After that, the maximum benefit amount would return to the previous amount.
|Household Size||Monthly SNAP amount||Monthly SNAP Amount With 15% Increase
January – June 2021
|For each additional person, add:||$153||$176|
How do I get a Texas EBT Card or Lone Star Card?
In order to get a Texas EBT card, you must apply and get approved for food stamps (SNAP) or TANF benefits.
After you are approved, you will be issued an EBT card.
You will use your EBT card to access your benefits.
To learn how to apply for benefits, visit YourTexasBenefits.com.
How do I know when it’s time to renew my Texas SNAP benefits?
Texas SNAP benefits are typically issued for 12 months.
After 12 months, you will have to submit a renewal application to continue getting benefits.
There are three ways to know when it is time to renew your benefits.
First, when your renewal date is near, you will receive a letter from the Texas Health and Human Services Department with instructions on how to renew.
Second, if you have a “yourtexasbenefits” online account, you can sign up for alerts in ‘Alert Settings’ to be reminded about your renewal date.
Once you are signed up, you will get an email or text message when it is time to renew your benefits.
Lastly, you can also check your renewal date online.
- Log in to your “yourtexasbenefits” account
- Select ‘Manage’
- Select ‘Details’ for the case you want and look for the Renewal date column.
If it is time to renew your benefits, there will be a ‘Yes’ in the ‘Time to renew’ column.
To renew your benefits online, confirm your identity and add your case to your account.
What if I need meals for my school-age children?
While schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many school districts are providing pre-packaged school meals for children.
In addition, your state may be approved for the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program.
Children who are approved for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Pandemic EBT due to school closures.
Contact your local school district for more information on Pandemic assistance your child may be eligible for.
See our post on how to apply for P-EBT in your state.
Extra Food Stamps in Texas Summary
Here’s the bottom line:
Since March 2020, Texas has issued extra SNAP benefits monthly to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your extra SNAP benefit is the difference between the amount of benefits you are currently receiving and the maximum benefit amount for your household size.
Texas issues these extra benefits on the same schedule as regular monthly SNAP deposits.
We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps in Texas was helpful.
If you have further questions about the Texas Food Stamps, EBT Card, SNAP, or P-EBT, please let us know in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles about SNAP and EBT, including:
Free Admission with EBT in all 50 States
How to check ebtEDGE balance
ConnectEBT card balance
What you can buy with an EBT Card
How much in food stamps can I get?