The Texas Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system uses the Lone Star
Card (a magnetic-stripe plastic debit card) to provide access to SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food benefits and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
cash benefits. The Lone
Star Card is used in the same way any other debit card is used. When you pay
for approved food or TANF items, you swipe your Lone Star Card through the
store's machine, enter your personal
identification number (PIN), and the amount of the purchase is taken out of your
Lone Star Card account.
If you apply and are eligible for TANF and/or SNAP benefits, you
will receive a Lone Star Card from your local Health and Human Services
Commission (HHSC) benefit office or by mail. For more information on how to use your EBT Lone Star
Card, visit "Lone
Star Card - FAQs" on this website or view the "Welcome
to Your Lone Star Card"
(en espanol) brochure.
if you might be eligible for benefits or to locate an HHSC office in your area, visit the "Your
Texas Benefits" website. The “Your Texas Benefits”
website provides easy and secure online access to benefits, including SNAP
(food), TANF (cash), Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
nursing home care and other services for people who are elderly or have disabilities.