EDG Number: What Is It and What Does It Mean for You?
In this community resource guide, you will learn what an EDG number is and how it is used to determine the EBT deposit schedule in Texas.
Even if you receive Texas SNAP benefits, you may not be familiar with something called an EDG number. It’s an important number that is used to determine when you receive your food stamps in Texas. It’s entirely possible that the paperwork that was mailed to you with your EDG is long gone!
If you lost your approval letter from SNAP don’t worry, you can still get your EDG number. Continue reading to better understand what exactly an EDG number is and how it determines what day you receive your food stamp benefits.
What Is An EDG Number?
EDG stands for eligibility determination group. This is a number that is assigned to you by Texas Health and Human Services when you apply for government benefits like food stamps TANF or Medicaid. Typically this is a 9 or 10-digit number.
What Is An EDG Number Used For?
The main way that you will use your EDG number is to determine what day of the month you will receive your food stamp benefits. In Texas, food stamps are distributed over a 15-day period.
Because it is not possible to give out food stamps to every SNAP recipient in Texas on the same day, they deposit benefits into your food stamp accounts every day beginning on the 1st of the month and ending on the 15th of the month. This is also known as the “EBT deposit schedule”.
How Do They Determine The EBT Deposit Schedule In Texas?
The EBT deposit schedule is based on the last digit of your EDG number.
Below is a table that explains what day of the month you will receive your Texas food stamps based on the last digit of your eligibility determination group.
|Last EDG Digit||Day You Receive Food Stamp Benefits|
|0||1st of the month|
|1||3rd of the month|
|2||5th of the month|
|3||6th of the month|
|4||7th of the month|
|5||9th of the month|
|6||11th of the month|
|7||12th of the month|
|8||13th of the month|
|9||15th of the month|
How Do You Find Your Texas EDG Number?
There are two ways to find your EDG number in Texas:
- Check the TF0001 for you received stating that you qualified for benefits.
- Call the Texas SNAP customer service number at 800.777.7328.
Here is more information about both options.
1.) Check Form TF0001 To Get Your Texas Food Stamp EDG Number
When you were awarded food stamps, the Texas Health and Human Services Department sent you a document called a TF0001 form.
This document informed you that you qualified for Texas SNAP benefits and explained how much food stamps you would receive each month.
In addition, this SNAP food benefits document also has your 9 or 10-digit EDG number. Below is an example of the TF0001 form that has your eligibility determination group number.
If you lost or misplaced your TF0001 form, there is one more way to get your Texas EGT number.
2.) Contact the Lone Start Help Desk To Get Your EDG Number
You can also call the Lone Star Help Desk phone number at 800.777.7328 to retrieve your EDG number. This number is for individuals who have been approved for SNAP benefits that have problems with their EBT card or food stamps account.
It’s important that you call the Lone Star Help Desk and not the regular Texas Health and Human Services phone number of 877.541.7905. That number is for individuals who are trying to apply for food stamps. Don’t waste any time calling this number to get your EDG number. Instead, call the Lone Star Help Desk at 800.777.7328 and they will help you.
An EDG number (eligibility determination group) is a number assigned to you by the Texas Health and Human Services Department when you apply for food stamps or other government benefits.
This number is used to track your case in their system and determine what day of the month you will receive your food stamp benefits. The last number of your EDG will determine your EBT deposit schedule for the month. Food stamps are deposited in Texas between the 1st and 15th of the month and based on the EDG number.
You can find your EDG number on the TF0001 form that was sent to you after being approved for SNAP benefits. If you lost this form simply call the Lone Star Help Desk phone number at 800.777.7328 and they can also help you to get your EDG number.
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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.