Pennsylvania SNAP

Pennsylvania 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 $281 per household member to a maximum of $740 for a family of three but may vary based on household’s size and net income.

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


Who is eligible for SNAP in Pennsylvania? #

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

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.

What is the income limit for SNAP in PA? #

Most families in Pennsylvania with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps. There is no asset limit in Pennsylvania.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How much do I get for SNAP in PA? #

SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

How do I apply for SNAP benefits in PA? #

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.

SNAP benefits in Pennsylvania and elsewhere also come with perks that go beyond purchasing food — including discounts on certain products and services like Amazon Prime discount where you can save 50% off their Prime memberships.

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

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

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