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Families and individuals who seek food aid from Partner Agencies of Tarrant Area Food Bank are often eligible for the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. SNAP is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income and temporarily unemployed people purchase nutritious foods.

Our Social Services Outreach staff are available to visit our Partner Agencies and other community sites to ensure that anyone who is eligible for SNAP is aware of the program and has the opportunity to apply for nutrition benefits.

The outreach staff also help eligible families apply for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and, upon request, delivers completed applications to the appropriate offices of the Health and Human Services Commission. For more information, see Social Services Outreach.


SNAP and the Local Economy

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increases the purchasing power of low-income community residents and thereby contributes to the local economy. 

Estimates of what local communities receive in multiplier effects from SNAP range from $1.73* to $1.84** for every dollar of SNAP benefits spent at local food stores.

In addition, the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits and half of each state's administrative costs associated with the program such as salaries and office space.


SNAP Numbers

During the economic recession that began in 2008, the number of people seeking food assistance and receiving SNAP benefits increased significantly across the nation, Texas and Tarrant Area Food Bank's service region as families were hit with rising food and energy prices, unemployment and housing foreclosures.

Benefit programs such as SNAP have kept millions from falling into poverty, according to U.S. Census Bureau Supplemental Poverty Measure


  • Statewide, the number of people receiving SNAP benefits increased nearly 50 percent from May 2008 to May 2010.
  • Of the nearly 3.5 million Texans benefiting from SNAP in May of 2010, 56 percent (1.94 million) were children aged 17 and younger.

Our 13-County Service region

  • From May 2008 to May 2010, the total number of people benefiting from SNAP increased 68 percent.
  • Of the nearly 290,000 individuals in our service region who were able to keep some food on their tables through SNAP during May 2010, 57 percent were children.

Tarrant County 

  • The number of residents receiving SNAP benefits for their basic nutritional needs increased 63 percent from May 2008 to May 2010
  • Of the nearly 151,000 individuals benefiting from SNAP in May 2010, 58 percent were children.

More about SNAP


 * "The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act", January 21, 2009, by Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's

** Kenneth Hansen and Elise Golan, "Effects of Changes in Food Stamp Expenditures Across the U.S. Economy," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report Number 26-6, U.S. Department of Agriculture, August 2002.

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