Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


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Quick Facts

Administering Program Name
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Eligibility Information

In Pennsylvania, students who are between ages 18 and 49 and enrolled at least halftime in an institute of higher education* are eligible for SNAP if they have a qualifying household income and meet one of the following criteria:

You are:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week in a paid position (unpaid internships do not qualify)
  • Participating in a state or federal work-study program
  • Participating in an on-the-job training program
    • Note: Most courses of study at a Pennsylvania community colleges count as on-the-job training programs.
  • Receiving temporary cash assistance (TANF) benefits
  • Caring for a dependent child under the age of 6
  • Caring for a dependent child between ages 5 and 12 and do not have adequate childcare that would enable you to attend school while working 20 hours per week or participating in a work-study program
  • A single parent, enrolled full-time with a dependent child under the age of 12
  • Are assigned to or placed in a college or certain other schools through:
    • a program under the Work Force Investment Act,
    • a program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974,
    • an employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act, or
    • an employment and training program operated by a State or local government.
  • Living with a verified physical or mental disabilit

* If you are a student outside of this age range or enrolled less than half-time, this guide can help you determine if you are still eligible for benefits.

How Do I Apply?

  • Apply either:
  • Complete the application process by attending an interview and submitting your verification documents.
  • If you are approved, you should receive your ACCESS Card (Pennsylvania’s EBT card) within 30 days of submitting your application. If your situation is urgent you may receive an expedited review and get your ACCESS Card within 5 days of applying.

SNAP Application Assistance

Call the Department of Human Services Helpline at (800) 692-7462. For individuals with hearing impairments, call (800) 451-5886.

Where/How to Use

  • You can use your ACCESS Card to buy groceries and seeds or plants that produce food.
  • You can use your ACCESS Card to purchase food at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts SNAP. Use the map on the FreshEBT app to find grocery stores and farmers markets near you.
  • Benefits can be used online at Amazon, Walmart, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer. Recipients seeking to order from Walmart, ShopRite or The Fresh Grocer should check with their local stores about online SNAP availability. Benefits cannot be used to pay for delivery or service fees. Be sure to confirm an online store delivers to your home address before ordering.

This page was last updated on October 23, 2020.