How to Apply for SNAP

A drawing of a Pennsylvania ACCESS card broken in two

By James Yeun; Art by John L. Hill

Eligibility:

If your gross monthly income is less than or equal to the amount in the table below, you might be eligible. The only way to really know is to apply.

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Households w/ an Elderly or Disabled Member
1 $1,608 $2,010
2 $2,166 $2,708
3 $2,723 $3,404
4 $3,280 $4,100
5 $3,838 $4,798
6 $4,395 $5,494
7 $4,952 $6,190

Don’t forget “work requirements”

Even though there aren’t enough decent jobs for everyone, able-bodied adults without dependents aged 18 through 49 must show that they have worked on average 80 hours a month or participated in a government-approved work or training program.

Where to apply?

The Online Portal is at www.compass.state.pa.us, but this can be very confusing for first-time applicants.

Head to your local county assistance office and apply in person.

Who can apply?

  • The head of household; or
  • The spouse of the head of household; or
  • 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 their SNAP benefits.

What to bring?

A valid photo ID

Proof of residence

Documentation of income (e.g., pay stub)

Utility bills, proof of medical expenses, and proof of any other major expenses can make it easier to be approved (remember to bring this information in every 6 months)

More information?

www.dhs.pa.gov

www.centralpafoodbank.org

www.feedingamerica.org

Or call: 1-800-692-7462

DID YOU KNOW? General Assistance has been reinstated!!

General Assistance is a program for people with disabilities to get cash assistance through the state of Pennsylvania. You just have to get a doctor to verify that you have a disability. If you live in Philadelphia, you are able to receive $205/month. For more information, check out www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/cashassistance/generalassistance/index.htm

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