Pennsylvania SNAP

SNAP provides monthly cash benefits to eligible low income Pennsylvanians to help them buy the food they need for good health.

Benefits range from a minimum of $192 to a maximum of $362 for a family of three but may vary based on household’s size and income.

Unless otherwise exempted, you’re required to register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, and take part in an employment and training program for a minimum of 30 hours a week to maintain eligibility for SNAP.

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In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Pennsylvania
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

Pennsylvania provides additional information about healthy eating through SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed). The aim of SNAP-Ed is to help families make healthy food choices within a limited budget.

FAQ #


What is the income limit for SNAP in PA? #

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Most families in Pennsylvania with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How do I apply for SNAP benefits in PA? #

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Now you can apply for SNAP from the comfort of your home using COMPASS — an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for benefits.

If you are eligible, you will receive a “Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card” which can be used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets.

How long does it take to get SNAP benefits in PA?? #

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Once the application process is completed, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application.

If you have questions about SNAP, you can visit your local county assistance office or call
Department of Public Welfare Helpline
1-800-692-7462