Welcome to the Pennsylvania Benefits Center!
You may qualify for support paying for food through SNAP, also known as food stamps. The Pennsylvania Benefits Center can help you find out.
If you’re eligible, our staff will fill out and submit the application for you, making it easier for you to get approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Pennsylvania Benefits Center has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services since 2008, helping over 160,000 families get an average of $119 each month to pay for food.
*Exact amount may be more or less than the average.
What to Expect
You’ll speak 1-on-1 with one of our friendly staff members who know the ins and outs of SNAP eligibility. We listen to your needs and circumstances. Then, if eligible, our staff will submit the application for you, so you can get the help you deserve.
Our staff will also check if you may be likely eligible for other assistance programs that can help you afford healthcare, energy, and more.
What We'll Ask
Who lives in your household?
The benefit amount you may qualify for depends in part on how many people live with you.
What are your household's sources of income?
There are certain income limits you must meet to qualify for SNAP.
What are your household's expenses?
Some expenses can be deducted from income when determining eligibility.
Remember: You don’t have to give exact numbers for your income and expenses. Estimates are just fine.
Who We've Helped
These SNAP benefits will help me out tremendously in affording groceries. I've never asked for assistance before, and you really made me feel more at ease about it.... really, really exceptional."
Age 65, Montgomery County
You were very kind and courteous. It was a wonderful experience. The SNAP benefits will be so helpful because I won’t always have to worry about where my next meal will come from."
Age 74, Allegheny County
SNAP will help me greatly because it will take pressure off. It gives me money to be able to provide the kids with extra food. The person I spoke with was great."
Age 37, Allegheny County
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Pennsylvania Benefits Center?
What is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program helping low-income households buy food. A family of four can get up to $973 in monthly aid.
The exact amount depends on income, resources, and how many people are in your household. Participating families get an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card to use when buying groceries at participating food stores—similar to a debit card.
SNAP is administered by your County Assistance Office (CAO)
I'm already on SNAP, can you help me get a higher benefit amount?
How long will the phone call take?
Most applications take about 40 minutes by phone. The exact time depends on the size of your household.
Why was I sent this letter?
We work with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to reach families who may be eligible for SNAP benefits and help them apply. According to their records, you and/or someone in your household may qualify. The Pennsylvania DHS and the Pennsylvania Benefits Center are working together to make sure no one goes hungry.