The state’s SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS card is used by eligible low-income households to obtain their monthly payments.
SNAP participants in Pennsylvania can use their EBT ACCESS card to buy groceries, snacks, and food-producing seeds or plants.
EBT cards, which act like credit or debit cards at point-of-sale terminals, are accepted by the majority of large grocery store chains and supermarkets.
The DHS states that your income must be below specific thresholds in order to qualify for SNAP benefits.
Housing expenditures, child or dependent care payments, and medical expenses greater than $35 for older persons or people with disabilities may be deducted from SNAP households’ gross income.
Work requirements are also included. In order to continue receiving SNAP assistance, Pennsylvania SNAP participants who are able-bodied adults without dependents must meet work requirements. According to the DHS, the following are the work requirements:
On average, you should work at least 80 hours every month.
For 80 hours or more per month, participate in and comply with a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programme, a Trade Adjustment Assistance Act programme, or an approved employment training programme.
Participate in at least 20 hours per week in an approved programme.
If you do not meet the work criteria, you will only get SNAP benefits for three months during a three-year period.
Residents of Pennsylvania can apply for SNAP either online using the COMPASS portal (available here) or in person at a county assistance office.
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Applications are available for download at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ website, which can be found here.
If you need help filling out the SNAP application, a professional county assistance office staff member can assist you in person.