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Disability Rights Texas Handout
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Texas Winter Storm Recovery Resources – Access to Food
The Texas Winter Storm Recovery Resources includes information and resources designed to help Texans recover from the storm.
Thousands of Texas families lost all the food in their fridges after lengthy power outages and while enduring record low temperatures. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather. SNAP recipients can request their replacement food benefits by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2. Alternatively, recipients can download Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits) here. To limit exposure to COVID-19, recipients are encouraged to mail or fax the completed form to HHSC instead of visiting their local offices. Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.
For more information about Replacement SNAP, check out this resource from Lone Star Legal Aid.
There are 18 Feeding America food banks in Texas. Each food bank serves a large area and will be able to help you find a feeding program in your local community. For a list of food banks in Texas, visit Feeding America’s Hunger in Texas webpage.
211 Texas provides information about services, including where you can find food, from across the state. To find resources in your area, visit the 211 website or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.
CrowdSource Rescue (Houston)
CrowdSource Rescue provides food to vulnerable populations in Houston and Southeast Texas. If you need assistance or are able to provide help, please visit their website. Their assistance does not take the place of emergency services. Please read the disclaimers at the top of their website before requesting help or signing up to give help. (Note: Shortly after the winter storm, CrowdSource Rescue was accepting requests that were directly related to the storm. While they are no longer accepting requests for that effort, they are still working to fulfill those requests. If you did not get to submit a request for the storm-related effort, you can still submit a request through their ongoing COVID-19 response effort. More information about the storm-related effort is here.)
Capitol Metro (Austin)
Capital Metro in Austin is working with community organizations to assist with providing access to clean drinking water for their MetroAccess customers. They have a limited supply of bottled drinking water available. Please utilize this resource if you have not requested water from another organization. Please call 512-369-6050 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT to request drinking water delivery as available.
Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.
The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.