D-SNAP Sites Assist Harvey Victims in Orange and Bay City

As part of the launch of the state’s first D-SNAP sites, Texas Health and Human Services officials will visit two of the Texas HHS offices Wednesday that will begin providing disaster food relief, commonly known as D-SNAP, for victims of Hurricane Harvey. A total of 11 counties are rolling out benefits starting Wednesday.

Texas HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith will be on-hand for interviews in Orange and Bay City. Staff and volunteers will be greeting the public, taking applications, interviewing applicants and providing D-SNAP benefits cards to those who qualify.

News media is invited to cover the visit and capture b-roll footage during the following times Wednesday, Sept. 13:


10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

HHS Eligibility Office

2222 Gloria Drive, Orange

Bay City

2 to 2:45 p.m.

HHS Eligibility Office

1700 Merlin St., Bay City

D-SNAP Background

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster. D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster.

Texas HHS will begin offering the benefits in stages, starting with an 11-county area that has smaller populations that can be served through the health and human services offices in those counties. Residents of the 11 counties must apply in person at the designated D-SNAP location in their county.

Residents of the affected counties may be eligible if they suffered damage to their home or business, loss of income or disaster-related expenses. Recipients will be given a Lone Star Card that will be loaded within three days with funds to purchase food from most grocery stores. For D-SNAP details, go here or dial 2-1-1.