Hi, I’m an immigrant and a single mother of a newborn baby. I need help with food.

I can help you find some resources for food assistance in Texas.

One of the programs that can help you buy food is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “food stamps”. SNAP helps people buy the food they need for good health. SNAP food benefits are put on a Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP.

To qualify for SNAP, you must be a U.S. citizen or a certain lawfully-present non-citizen. Some of the non-citizens who are eligible with no waiting period include refugees, asylees, victims of trafficking, Cuban or Haitian entrants, and certain American Indians born abroad. You must also meet other eligibility requirements such as income and resource limits. The income limit for a family of two is $2,518 per month as of 20211. The asset limit is $2,000 for most households, but some assets are exempt, such as your primary home, one vehicle, and personal belongings.

To apply for SNAP, you can call the toll-free, state-wide number for the Area Agency on Aging at 866-552-4464. Once connected, an AAA staff member will screen you by asking questions about your situation. This screening will determine eligibility and urgency of need, which affects your placement on the waiting list. You’ll be contacted when your name comes to the top of the waiting list. You will undergo an in-home assessment to determine the level of care you need.

Another option is to contact one of the providers listed on the Texas Food Bank Network Provider website. They can assist you in filling out an application for SNAP or other nutrition programs in your area.

If you are not eligible for SNAP or need additional help with food, you can also visit a local food bank or pantry. They can provide you with free or low-cost food items such as fresh produce, canned goods, bread, and dairy products. You can find a food bank near you by using this [online locator].

I hope this information helps you to get the food assistance you need. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me.

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