Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is a federally-funded program that helps eligible households and individuals purchase nutritious and healthy food. SNAP participants receive an EBT Access card, which acts like a debit card to purchase food items. SNAP and emergency food programs together provide a more sustainable solution to end hunger. The SNAP Program helps nearly 1.8 million people (14.2% of Pennsylvanians) buy groceries every month1 and lifts 13.1% of those households out of poverty2.
SNAP Outreach Initiative
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank operates a Food Stamps Helpline that helps individuals find out if they qualify to receive additional food assistance. Within our service territory, only 55% of those individuals that are income eligible for the program are receiving benefits. Our goal is to inform the public about this federal nutrition program and to provide screening and enrollment assistance to those who may need and are eligible to receive benefits. To find out if you or someone you know qualifies for SNAP, please call our helpline at 1.877.999.5964 or download the latest income guidelines here. | Spanish
Our SNAP Associates will:
1. Conduct a SNAP pre-screening
2. Estimate the SNAP benefit amount
3. Submit a SNAP application and provide advice on next steps over the phone
4. Assist with renewals
We can also provide referrals to pantries and other food programs. All services are free and confidential. If a message is left, please allow 1-3 business days for a returned phone call. If emergency food is needed call our main line at 717.564.1700.
SNAP eligibility is determined by income, household size and age. View guidelines. | Spanish
SNAP ABLE BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS (ABAWD)
ABAWD Time Limit Checklist
Community Service Volunteer Participation Form
Medical Exemption Form (PA 1921)
Domestic Violence Verification Form (PA 1747)
If you need assistance with applying or have questions, call our Food Stamps Helpline at 1.877.999.5964.
1 PA Dept of Public Welfare, SNAP Participating Households and Persons by County, May 2011
2 FRAC, The SNAP Effect: Lifting Households Out of Poverty, September 2011