PA Access Card / SNAP / Food Stamps

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for the food stamps program. “SNAP benefits” are the same thing as “food stamps”. In Pennsylvania, benefits are provided monthly through an ACCESS card, similar to a debit or credit card. EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer. It’s the system the government uses to disburse benefits.

Apply

Apply through Pennsylvania’s COMPASS website. COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome

Open Source List of Discounts with a PA Access Card: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G8YFF4VqPGw8-5oJ3qFJlzpLK3t34BWlCLx3hr8US-k/edit?fbclid=IwAR3iEIOuL5bse2TRW4RfFBPPm4V1h9-TMIsSRVC7e_KuPCY5QjP3SE2JtHQ#gid=0

Find places that accept Food Stamps / SNAP benefits: https://www.phillyfoodfinder.org/map. To search, go to the map sidebar > Advanced Search > scroll down to “ACCEPTS_SNAP is” and change to “Y” > click “Apply”

Get Help

Community Legal Services can help you if your SNAP application is denied or your benefits are cut off or reduced: https://clsphila.org/services/snap-food-stamps/

PLA helps clients get and keep benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as Food Stamps: https://www.philalegal.org/foodstamps

 

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