Program DescriptionSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to buy food and help low income households obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power for all eligible participants. The recipient receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card that only they may use. If the household requests, an authorized representative may be given a separate card to purchase food on behalf of the household.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for Food Stamps, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW website and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found at:
You may also apply online at:
Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW web site:
Program Contact Information
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Food Stamp program, contact the Welfare Helpline at: 1-800-692-7462 1-800-451-5886TDD
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm