In the state of Pennsylvania, there are currently over 979,547 households receiving SNAP benefits or Food Stamps, with about 1,836,059 Pennsylvanians receiving benefits in August 2022 alone, according to the USDA. If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits in Pennsylvania, knowing when your food stamps will be deposited into your EBT card is important in helping you budget for the month. In this post, we will provide the Pennsylvania SNAP Payment Schedule for December 2022, including Cash Assistance deposits.
Pennsylvania SNAP Payment Schedule for December 2022
In the state of Pennsylvania, each county distributes SNAP benefits to those who qualify.
Payments are not made on a single day of the month.
Instead, Food Stamps Benefits are deposited on EBT Cards over the first 10 business days of every month.
Additionally, Cash Assistance Benefits are deposited between the 11th and 20th business day of the month.
When your food stamps benefit or cash assistance benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your case number.
See below for the SNAP payment schedule for Pennsylvania for December 2022.
|The last digit of your Case Number ends in||SNAP Benefits are available on|
Pennsylvania EBT Cash Benefit Schedule for December 2022
When your Cash Assistance benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your case number.
Any remaining balance on your EBT card is added to the next month’s balance.
Here is the schedule of payment based on the last digit of your case number:
|The last digit of your Case Number ends in||Cash Benefits are available on|
How much will I get in Pennsylvania Food Stamps?
The chart below shows the maximum SNAP benefits you can get based on the number of people in your household.
To calculate the exact amount you are likely to get based on your household income, see our post on Pennsylvania SNAP Calculator.
|SNAP Maximum Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
|Household Size||Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment|
|Each Additional Household Member: Add||$211|
Food Stamps: December Benefits for Pennsylvania Recipients
All SNAP households should receive their December benefits according to schedule.
If you did not receive your food stamps on schedule, call the SNAP office to find out why.
You can use your SNAP benefits to shop online, including on Amazon.
Additionally, you can use SNAP benefits to purchase produce at farmers’ markets, including markets that offer double bucks (Click here for Allegheny County).
What Fast Food Places Take Pennsylvania EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is a federal program that enables qualified elderly, disabled, and homeless food stamps recipients to buy food at authorized restaurants. Any state or county can enroll in the Restaurant Meals Program.
The purpose of the program is to help expand food access to those who do not have a place to store and cook food, who may not be able to prepare food or who don’t have access to a grocery store.
Not all states participate in the RMP.
Currently, the Restaurant Meal Program is running in the following states:
- New York
- Rhode Island
In the state of Pennsylvania, some restaurants accept Food Stamp benefits from some homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.
Free, reduced school meals expanded in Pennsylvania
The United States Department of Agriculture has released federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for the July 2022 – June 2023 school year.
Here are the updated income limits based on family size for 2022/2023:
|Family Size||Free Meals or Milk(130% of Poverty Guidelines)||Reduced Price Meals(185% of Poverty Guidelines)||Not Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals or Milk|
|One||$0 to $17,667||$17,668 to $25,142||$25,143 and up|
|Two||$0 to $23,803||$23,804 to $33,874||$33,875 and up|
|Three||$0 to $29,939||$29,940 to $42,606||$42,607 and up|
|Four||$0 to $36,075||$36,076 to $51,338||$51,339 and up|
|Five||$0 to $42,211||$42,212 to $ 60,070||$60,071 and up|
|Six||$0 to $48,347||$48,348 to $68,802||$68,803 and up|
|Seven||$0 to $54,483||$54,484 to $77,534||$77,535 and up|
|Eight||$0 to $60,619||$60,620 to $86,266||$86,267 and up|
Income Limit for Pennsylvania Food Stamps to Go Up
To qualify for food stamps in Pennsylvania, your gross monthly income must not be more than 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
For the 2022/2023 fiscal year, here are the gross and net income limits for Pennsylvania Food Stamps eligibility:
This income limit chart is effective from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023.
|Pennsylvania SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
|Household Size||Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)||Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL)|
|Each Additional Household Member: Add||$394||$512|
What Percentage of Pennsylvania is on Food Stamps?
Pennsylvania SNAP Payment Schedule for December Summary
Here’s the bottom line about the Pennsylvania SNAP Payment Schedule for December 2022:
SNAP households in all counties in Pennsylvania should have their SNAP deposits between December 2nd – December 15th.
Additionally, Cash Benefits recipients should have their assistance benefits deposits between December 16th – December 30th.
Want to know if you can expect extra food stamps in Pennsylvania for January 2023?
If so, read our latest article on the Extra PA SNAP Benefits for January 2023 to get all the details.
We hope this post on the Pennsylvania SNAP Payment Schedule for December was helpful.
If you have further questions about Pennsylvania SNAP or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.
For more help on what and where you can use your Pennsylvania EBT Card, check out our other articles here:
- Extra Food Stamps in Pennsylvania for December 2022
- Can you get Food Stamps in Pennsylvania without a job?
- How long will SNAP Increase last in Pennsylvania?
- PA EBT Card Discounts & Freebies
- Pennsylvania EBT Card Guide
- How to Use PA EBT Card at Trader Joe’s