Benefits & Resources
Putting Healthy Food Within Reach
Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP helps put food on the table for thousands in Chester County each month by providing money on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card for food purchases.
In addition to support from a local food cupboard, you may also be eligible for SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program). Those who are SNAP eligible receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) ACCESS Card to make food purchases.
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Contact us at 610-873-6000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule your application using the calendar below and we can help you apply.
- The amount of benefits you receive depends on your income and housing expenses.
- Important note for people who receive Social Security benefits: most qualify for SNAP.
- SNAP benefits can now be used online with several grocery retailers.
Please email this information or have on hand when calling (do not email social security numbers)
- Your record ID (if reapplying)
- A social security number (SSN) for every person on your application (do not email SSN)
- If you pay utilities (we do not need to know how much you pay)
- All sources of income
- Seniors (60+) or individuals with disabilities: medical expenses over $35
SNAP Income Guidelines
The SNAP income guidelines are adjusted annually and valid October 1 – September 30. See the chart below for income guidelines and maximum benefit amounts. Your eligibility depends on your gross income (before taxes), net income (gross minus deductions), and assets (savings or bank funds). These numbers may differ if a member of your household is 60 years old or older, or has a disability. Work requirements also apply.
While the income guidelines previously distinguished between two separate types of households, those with elderly or disabled members and those without, all households will now have the same income guidelines, regardless of household makeup. While the income guidelines are changing, households will still need to meet all other SNAP eligibility to receive benefits. It is possible that some families of three or more members with high incomes and low expenses might not qualify for benefits, even if their income is under the limits.
Contact us at 610-873-6000, email email@example.com, or use the scheduler below, and we can help you apply.
Schedule a Time to Discuss Your SNAP Eligibility
Resources Beyond Food
It takes more than food to fight hunger. Issues such as employment, health, housing/utilities, and transportation are just as important. To find the life stabilization resources that can best help you view the Chester County Community Resource Guide.
You can also call 2-1-1 or visit 2-1-1, a regional social services hotline, to find human and social service resources in your neighborhood. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922 seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to be connected to a 2-1-1 SEPA Information and Referral Specialist. Calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages.
Find more community resources here.