Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Quick Facts

Administering Program Name
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Are College Students Eligible for SNAP?

In December 2020, Congress passed legislation that temporarily changes SNAP eligibility requirements for college students. College students enrolled at least half-time and who meet income and eligibility requirements can now qualify for SNAP. If you think you might qualify for SNAP, call the Coalition Against Hunger Hotline at (215) 430-0556 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday) to learn more.

Visit the Pennsylvania DHS site to see if your household income meets requirements.

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 February 26, 2021.