Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP helps provide Pennsylvanians with low incomes extra money to buy food at grocery stores, online retailers, farmers markets, and more.

SNAP Overview

SNAP helps you buy food for yourself and your family

Those who are eligible for SNAP receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card to make food purchases. The card works like a debit card and purchases are subtracted from your account.

SNAP Eligibility

Your SNAP eligibility is determined by a few factors, including income and family size.

The chart below provides an overview of SNAP eligibility. You may be eligible for additional SNAP funds based on your circumstances.

Household Size

Maximum Gross Monthly Income





















Each additional member


A household is a group of people who usually purchase and prepare meals together. People in the household do not have to be related.

SUN Bucks: Pennsylvania’s Summer EBT program

Most children are automatically eligible for SUN Bucks and do not need to apply. To determine if your child is eligible and whether you need to apply, use the Eligibility Navigator or learn more about Sun Bucks.

Application Process

All Pennsylvanians who need assistance are encouraged to apply. 

You do not need to know whether you are eligible to apply for SNAP. After you submit your application, DHS will review it and determine your eligibility. 

Apply for SNAP

Apply online, over the phone, in person, or by mail.

Apply Online

Apply for SNAP online via COMPASS, Pennsylvania’s benefits management website


Apply By Phone

Call the DHS Consumer Service Center toll-free to apply at 1-866-550-4355

Call DHS

Apply By Phone, Hearing Impaired

If you are hearing impaired, you can call PA Relay Services at 1-800-451-5886.

Call the DHS Helpline

Apply In Person

You can apply for SNAP and other benefits at your local county assistance office

Find Your County Office

Print an Application-English

You can download a paper application, complete and deliver it in person, or mail it to your local county assistance office.

English Application

Print an Application-Spanish

You can download a paper application, complete and deliver it in person, or mail it to your local county assistance office.

Spanish Application

Frequently Asked Questions

SNAP benefits are placed in an electronic account that only the recipient can use. This system is called electronic benefits transfer, or EBT. Your household receives the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS card, which allows withdrawals for food purchases at various retailers. You can only spend the amount that is on your card, and it is not a credit card.

The best way to know your balance is to keep your last receipt.

If you lose your last receipt and need to know your balance, call the recipient hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-EBT-PENN (1-888-328-7366).

You also can go online to view your transactions, learn about EBT, and more.

No. SNAP can only be used to buy food.

Yes. You can buy food online from participating retailers. A list of retailers is available on the USDA website.

Contact DHS


If you have questions about SNAP or other benefits, call the Department of Human Services at 1-800-692-7462.

Call DHS

Individuals with hearing impairment

Call DHS at 1-800-451-5886.

Call DHS