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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the new name for the Food Stamp program. These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are eligible, you will receive a Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card which is used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets.
There are a couple of different ways to apply for SNAP, please choose the option that suits you. If you do not know if you are eligible, you may still apply.
You can apply for or renew your SNAP benefits online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for the SNAP program and many other services that can help you make ends meet.
Or, you can file an application at your local county assistance office
Download an Application for SNAP benefits from the Web and return it to your local county assistance office
If you need help completing the application form or need more information about benefits, trained county assistance office staff can help you.
Simple SNAP Application for Elderly or Disabled Households
You can use this application for SNAP benefits if everyone in the household is age 60 or older or disabled and purchases and prepares food together and does not receive any earnings from work.
A household is a group of people who usually purchase and prepare meals together. People in the household are not required to be related.
English, Interpreters provided based on availability.
To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits. SNAP households may receive deductions from their gross income for things like housing costs, child or dependent care payments, and medical expenses over $35 for elderly or disabled people
The following persons may apply:
The head of the household;
The spouse of the head of household;
Any other responsible household member; or
A designated authorized representative, who can be a friend, relative, neighbor, or anyone else the applicant trusts to go food shopping and use his/her SNAP benefits.