In Pennsylvania, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare. This program provides benefits to eligible, low-income households to buy foods that meet their basic nutritional needs. In order to receive these benefits, you must be eligible. You must be a Pennsylvania resident and meet certain income limits. A full breakdown of those eligibility requirements is available here.
Once you’ve determined you’re eligible, you should apply for food stamp benefits online. You may also use this platform to renew your SNAP benefits. If you don’t want to apply online, you can also file an application at your local county assistance office. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll need to go through an interview process to verify your information and financial situation. If you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued a Pennsylvania Access Card. This EBT card is used to make purchases at participating stores. Your EBT Access Card is loaded with benefits every month and should be used like any debit card; simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.
1. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?
If your Pennsylvania Access Card is lost or stolen, call the EBT Recipient Hotline at 1-888-328-7366.
2. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, simply log on to their website and enter your account information.
3. When will my benefits be disbursed?
A full breakdown of the food stamp benefits issuance schedule is available here.
4. What are the maximum benefits my family can receive?
The new maximum benefit allotments by household size are available online.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Pennsylvania Food Stamps.