What Disqualifies You From Getting Food Stamps in Texas

To be eligible for food stamps in Texas, one must meet certain criteria. You might be ineligible if you are not a U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen, if you are not a Texas resident, or if you are a full-time college student without dependents. Additionally, certain income limits and asset restrictions apply. For example, your monthly gross income must be below $2,057 for a single person or $4,114 for a family of four. Furthermore, you cannot own more than $2,250 in countable resources (excluding one vehicle) if you are a single person, or more than $3,250 if you are a household of two or more.

Citizenship and Immigration Status

In Texas, food stamps (SNAP benefits) are available to U.S. citizens and certain non-citizens. However, there are some restrictions on eligibility based on citizenship and immigration status.

  • U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens are eligible for SNAP benefits regardless of their immigration status.
  • Non-Citizen Legal Residents: Non-citizen legal residents who have been in the U.S. for at least five years are eligible for SNAP benefits.
  • Qualified Aliens: Certain non-citizens who are not legal residents may also be eligible for SNAP benefits. This includes refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking.

Income and asset limits also apply to SNAP eligibility. To learn more about SNAP eligibility requirements in Texas, visit the Texas Health and Human Services website.


In general, individuals who are incarcerated are not eligible to receive food stamps. This is because they are considered to be receiving meals from the institution in which they are housed. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

  • Pregnant women who are incarcerated may be eligible for food stamps if they meet certain criteria.
  • Children who are incarcerated may also be eligible for food stamps if they meet certain criteria.

For more information on the eligibility criteria for food stamps for incarcerated individuals, please contact your local food stamp office.

Pregnant womenMay be eligible if they meet certain criteria
ChildrenMay be eligible if they meet certain criteria

Work Requirements

To be eligible for food stamps in Texas, able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 must meet certain work requirements. These requirements include:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week
  • Participating in a workfare program
  • Being enrolled in a job training program

Individuals who are exempt from the work requirements include:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Adults over the age of 49
  • Disabled individuals
  • Caregivers of children under the age of 6
  • Students enrolled in at least half-time

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, including drug and alcohol abuse, can lead to disqualification from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Texas.

  • Convictions: Individuals convicted of a felony drug offense in the past two years are automatically disqualified from SNAP benefits.
  • Current Substance Abuse: Individuals who are currently misusing or abusing drugs or alcohol can be disqualified from SNAP. Proof of ongoing abuse must be established by a professional.
  • Participation in a Treatment Program: Individuals who are participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program may be eligible for SNAP benefits if they meet certain criteria.

If you are struggling with substance abuse, there are many resources available to help you. You can find more information on the Texas Health and Human Services website.

Table: SNAP Disqualification Periods for Substance Abuse Convictions

ConvictionDisqualification Period
First felony drug offenseTwo years
Second felony drug offensePermanent

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