This article provides information on Pennsylvania’s SNAP (Food stamp) program, including the latest on Emergency Allotments (EA) approved via the federally funded COVID stimulus bills.
Nearly two million residents benefit from the federally funded, state administered program. See further details and payments schedules below.
These SNAP EA payments boost existing food stamp benefits up to the maximum amount for their household size. Households that are already receiving the maximum benefit amount will receive an additional $95 per month.
Emergency Allotments and Food Stamp Deposit Dates 2023
PA has requested and received USDA approval for federally funded SNAP Emergency Allotment (EA) for January and February 2023. This EA payments increase your standard SNAP allotment for the month. Details on the request and issuance dates are provided below.
January EA Issuance Date(s): Jan 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31 up to issuances on March 10
February EA Issuance Date(s): Feb 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28 & March 1st; clean up issuances on Apr 17
If eligible, you will get the extra payment/allotment on your EBT card later this month to help you buy food and groceries in the absence of additional stimulus payments or expanded unemployment benefits.
See this article for further information on the SNAP program and extra benefit allotments in other states.
Despite passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill, no additional funding was allocated for further SNAP Emergency allotments after February 2023. So benefits will likely end in March 2023. I will post further updates as applicable.
State SNAP Benefit Resources and Contact Information
The SNAP program assists low-income households in Pennsylvania by providing them with financial assistance to purchase food. This program helps individuals and families afford more nutritious options at grocery stores and supermarkets.
Eligible participants will be issued an EBT ACCESS Card, which can be used to make food purchases.
Here is some useful information and links for the state’s SNAP program
- Application for online benefits (1-800-692-7462)
- See the full SNAP issuance schedule
- State Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) registration page (contact – 1-888-328-7366)
You can also see this article for more on PA Unemployment benefits.