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Texas Receives Federal Approval for SNAP Benefit Replacements Due to Winter Storm

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather. Recipients need to apply for replacement food benefits for both regular SNAP allotments and SNAP emergency allotments provided in response to COVID-19.

Requesting Replacement Benefits

SNAP clients are encouraged to stay home and request replacement benefits through one of the following options: 

  • Dial 2-1-1 and select option 2. 

There are reports of 2-1-1 experiencing intermittent technical difficulties. If you call and are unable to get through, you can also: 

  • Download and complete Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits),
    • Once completed, the form can be faxed to 1-877-447-2839, or 
    • Mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX 78714-9027.
For more information on disaster assistance, visit "Receiving Disaster Assistance" on the HHSC website. Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits. To find local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 and select option 1. 
 
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