SUPPORTING THE HUNGRY

As the covid-19 pandemic continues to provide uncertainty, our nations producers are working hard to keep food on the table for everybody. The CARES Act provides nearly the Department of Agriculture with $35 billion for nutrition assistance and farmer support to make sure those who feed us, and those who need help feeding themselves and their families are supported during this uncertain time.

SNAP

  • Who is Eligible?
    • Low-income individuals, families with children receiving free or reduced-priced meals, and individuals receiving unemployment benefits are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. During the COVID-19 outbreak, work requirements and reauthorization are waived to allow for ease of use. Benefits are allotted to maximum amount per user to offset rising costs due to the pandemic. States have been given the jurisdiction to waive further requirements as seen fit to allow for maximum flexibility for program disbursement. 

  • How to Apply?
    • Applicants can file either online or by phone. You can check your eligibility athttps://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/Screener/TypeOfHelpNeeded. For those who qualify, go tohttps://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home or call 2-1-1. Be ready to have the following information ready during your application to expedite the process:
      • Proper identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, birth certificate, work or school ID card, health insurance card, voter registration card, or proof of alien status.
      • Proof of income or current benefit verification for payments received through Social Security, veteran’s, or unemployment insurance benefits.
      • Rent receipts or proof of mortgage payments. 
      • Records of utility costs. 

WIC

  • Who is Eligible?
    • Any pregnant woman, breastfeeding mother, woman who had a child in the last 6 months, or parents with a child under 5 years old is eligible for The Specialty Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). If you qualify or are currently on SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid you are eligible for WIC benefits. 

  • How to Apply?
    • Applicants can check either call 800-942-3678 to set up an appointment or apply at the Texas WIC application site https://texaswic.org/apply

Child Nutrition Programs

  • Who is Eligible?
    • Any student who received free or reduced-priced meals is eligible for school meal programs. School districts have the discretion to expand eligibility requirements to allow for more students to be fed.

TEFAP

  • Who is Eligible?
    • The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a program designed for low-income and seniors to provide supplemental food and nutrition assistance. Individuals who receive assistance must wait 30 days between receiving assistance. Residents of Cameron, Willacy, Starr, and Hidalgo county may receive assistance from the RGV Food Bank.  

  • How to Apply?
    • Individuals who would like to receive additional food assistance should follow the RGV Food Bank on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FoodBankRGV/ to find where local distribution events will be located or call (956) 682-8101. The food bank has moved to a mobile distribution site to reduce possible contaminants and will stay that way until further notice. Distribution times will be from 9am-11am, or until capacity is met, on Tuesday’s at the determined distribution sites. On Thursday’s, the RGV Food Bank will be hosting a senior only food distribution from 9am-11am, or until capacity is met. Please refer to their Facebook or call for location information. 

Senior Meal Assistance

  • Who is Eligible?
    • Those who are 60 or over are eligible for nutrition assistance through The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). 

  • How to Apply?
    • For those in Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron counties can call Amigo Del Valle at (956) 213-9400 for meal locations, and any additional information. Residents of Bee, Brooks, Jim Wells, and San Patricio counties may call the Community Action Corporation of South Texas at (361) 664-0099 to apply for their Senior Nutrition Program. Additional meal locations can be found at https://www.mealsonwheelstexas.org/search-mow/.