The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps people buy the food they need for good health. SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP.
Misusing the benefit, whether as a client or a retailer, can have serious consequences. It can result in disqualification from the SNAP program, financial penalties and being charged with a felony. The OIG investigates SNAP fraud and recovered more than $29 million from SNAP clients and vendors who misused SNAP benefits in 2019.
The OIG’s work includes efforts to prevent fraud, waste and abuse before it can happen. Part of that prevention strategy is to educate benefits recipients and vendors on proper SNAP use. To that end, the OIG has produced new guides for SNAP clients and retailers. The new guides listed below outline the proper use of SNAP and provide examples of misuse.