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PA Compass Food Stamp Application

If you plan on applying for food stamps in Pennsylvania (PA), this post will walk you through the entire process, including PA compass food stamp application forms and how to fill them out. We also tell you what you are going to need for your interview and what happens once you are approved for food stamps.

The PA food stamps program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the state’s Department of Public Welfare. The agency provides food stamps for low-income families that are eligible.

Do I Qualify for PA Food Stamps?

To determine whether you qualify for PA food assistance, you have to review the eligibility guidelines. The image below shows the eligibility income guide.

"PA Food stamp eligibility guidelines"

If you meet those guidelines and are approved for food stamps, the amount you receive is based on the number of people in your household. Obviously, the more the people, the higher the benefit amount. The table below shows you who in your household may apply for food stamps and how much you will depend on the number of people you have in your family.

"PA Food Stamps Income Chart"

PA Compass Food Stamp Application

If you qualify for food stamps in PA, here is how to apply. 

1. You can apply for or renew your SNAP benefits online by using COMPASS. Click here for COMPASS.  The COMPASS website is not only the place where you can apply for the SNAP program – but you can also use the site to apply for many other services that can help you make ends meet in Pennsylvania. 

2. You can also go to a local county assistance office to apply. Click here to find the county office nearest you.

3. You can also download the application form, fill it out, and submit it to a county assistance office. Click here to download the form.

"PA Compass Food Stamp Application"

What Happens After I apply?

Once you apply for food stamps, you will be invited for an in-person interview. The purpose of this interview is to review your application and other supporting documentation and also understand your household situation and why you need food assistance. You will be asked to bring supporting documentation to the interview, including income and expense documentation. If you are approved, you will be issued a debit card called EBT card, which you will use to buy approved food at approved locations. It is important that you only use your EBT card to buy approved food items, otherwise, you may lose your benefits.

"PA food stamp access card"

PA Compass Food Stamp Application Summary

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If you have any questions or experience any issues during the application process, THE Department of Public Welfare Helpline toll-free at 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments) or your local county assistance office.

For additional questions about the Pennsylvania SNAP or EBT, please leave those in the comments section below. We are here to help you!

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.



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