How to Apply for Food Stamps in Williamson County, Texas Online

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Families in need of assistance in Williamson County, Texas can apply for food stamps to help cover the cost of groceries. The easiest way to apply for assistance is to file your application online. Food stamps can be used to pay for unprepared food items at any authorized dealer. If you qualify, you'll be issued with an Electronic Benefits Transfer card known as the Lone Star. Monthly benefits are electronically transferred to your card.

Create a Your Texas Benefits Account

Start by accessing the "Your Texas Benefits" website and click “Login or Register” in the menu on the right. You are required to register for an account before you can apply for food stamps in Williamson County. Click the “If You Do Not Have a Self Portal...” link on the next page to register for the account. Login to your online account using the user name and password you created. You will be redirected back to the website's home page.

How to Apply for Food Stamps Online in Texas

Click “Apply for Benefits” in the “I Want To” panel and review the information regarding the online application for assistance in Williamson County. Click “Start Application” to advance. Then, fill out the application. During the application process, you will be guided through entering information for you and the members of your household. You need to provide details about your citizenship and income during the process.

Review and Submit

Review your application before submitting it. Double-check the application for errors because if the application is wrong, it may delay your food stamps. If you need to correct a section, use the “Back” button on the website to go back to the error. Once you;re finished, submit your application. Select the option to electronically sign the application and submit it. You can also choose to receive a copy of your application in the mail. It's a good idea to write down the confirmation number provided for your food stamps application. You may need to reference the number in the future.

What Happens Next

After your application is received, you may receive an appointment letter in the mail. The appointment letter should outline all of the additional information you need to provide during the interview. You may be required to provide proof of your income and residency. Paycheck stubs, tax returns and W-2 forms may be used as proof of income. A utility bill can be used for proof of residency. If you are unable to attend the appointment, contact 2-1-1 from a landline phone as soon as possible to reschedule; otherwise, your application may be delayed.

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Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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