The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the Food Stamp program. These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible, low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. If you qualify for use of the Food Pantry, you may very well be eligible for SNAP benefits.
How to Apply
You can apply in person, on the phone or online through Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, however, operates an amazing program that makes it MUCH EASIER to apply for food stamps. They will assist you, free of charge, in getting food assistance to you and your family.
Here are their programs and how to contact them:
Food Stamp 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 their service territory, only 55% of those individuals that are income eligible for the program are receiving benefits. Their 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 their helpline at 1.877.999.5964 or download the latest income guidelines here. | ¿Tiene dificultades para pagar por comida?
Their 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
They 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 their main line at 717.564.1700.
For the convenience and privacy of the individuals and families served, MilitaryShare distributions take place on-site at armories, VFW and AMVET locations throughout the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 27 county service area.
For information about starting or locating a program, contact Greg Stegall, Mobile Distribution Manager at 717.564.1700, ext. 2315