Who gets SNAP in Pennsylvania and how much does the average household get in benefits per month and per day? In this post, we will provide details on who benefits from food stamps in Pennsylvania (2022 update) and the breakdown of beneficiaries by category and household composition.
About Food Stamps In Pennsylvania
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as Food Stamps helps Pennsylvanians buy food.
The program provides monthly food assistance to eligible low‑income households.
If you are approved for Pennsylvania SNAP, your benefits will be deposited each month on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card.
You can use your ACCESS EBT Card to purchase eligible food at most grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and online, including at Walmart and Amazon.
To be eligible, households generally must earn less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level, which for a family of 4 is $3,007 a month.
For the fiscal year 2023, the maximum benefit for an individual on SNAP is $281 a month, while a family of three can receive a maximum benefit of $740.
Number of People on Food Stamps in Pennsylvania
For the latest update and more details on the number of people receiving SNAP in Pennsylvania, see our post on Food Stamps statistics in Pennsylvania.
Who Benefits from Food Stamps in Pennsylvania?
Here is the food stamps household composition in Pennsylvania, compared with the national average by category:
Households with Children
Pennsylvania: Percentage of food stamps households with children: 61%
United States: Percentage of food stamps households with children: 66%
Households with Elderly or the Disabled
Pennsylvania: Percentage of food stamps households with an elderly/disabled person: 46%
United States: Percentage of food stamps households with an elderly/disabled person: 36%
Households that are Working Families
Pennsylvania: Percentage of food stamps households that are working families: 46%
United States: Percentage of food stamps households that are working families: 42%
SNAP Participation Rate in Pennsylvania vs. National Average
Here are food stamps participation rates by category – Pennsylvania vs. the rest of the United States:
All Eligible People
Pennsylvania: Percentage of eligible people that are receiving Food Stamps: 100%
United States: Percentage of eligible people that are receiving Food Stamps: 82%
Pennsylvania: Percentage of eligible working poor that are receiving Food Stamps: 96%
United States: Percentage of eligible working poor that are receiving Food Stamps: 74%
Pennsylvania: Percentage of eligible elderly people that are receiving Food Stamps: 45%
United States: Percentage of eligible elderly people that are receiving Food Stamps: 42%
How Much in Food Stamps can you get in Pennsylvania?
How much food stamps you receive depends on your household income and household size.
The table below shows the monthly and daily food stamps benefits in Pennsylvania for each household member.
|How much SNAP can you receive in Pennsylvania?|
|The fiscal Year 2019 (pre-pandemic)||Fiscal Year 2021 (includes pandemic increases)||Fiscal Year 2022 (estimated, excluding emergency allotments)|
|For each household member per month:||$129||$244||$163|
|For each household member per day:||$4.23||$8.02||$5.36|
Maximum Food Stamps Allocation
For comparison, here are the maximum food stamps benefits you can receive based on your household size.
|Maximum SNAP 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|
Here’s what SNAP recipients can expect in 2023 PA Food Stamps Increase.
We hope this post on Who Benefits from Food Stamps in Pennsylvania – 2022 Update was helpful.
We hope this post on the Number of People on SNAP Benefits in Pennsylvania– 2022 Update was helpful.
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