What Is SNAP?
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible, low-income individuals and families in Pennsylvania. SNAP benefits are provided monthly via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which recipients use to purchase foods at their local grocery stores and farmers markets. SNAP benefits are not cash, and can only be used on food purchases.
SNAP is 100% federally funded
SNAP must be used to purchase groceries.
It cannot be used to buy nonfoods, alcohol
or cigarettes, hot foods, or medicines.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON SNAP IN PA: 1.8 MILLION
695,405 are children
is the average monthly benefit
amount for a two-person household.
That's about $4 per person daily.
184,406 are older adults
687,739 have disabilities
*Children and older adult
numbers overlap with
⇨ ABAWDs stands for "Able-Bodied
Adults Without Dependents," who
are subject to work requirements.
17,171 are ABAWDs
Seniors who are food
High School Graduation Rates
Diets that are less nutritious
Worse health outcomes
Higher risk for depression
Seniors enrolled in SNAP
Kids in families receiving
SNAP were significantly
more likely to be classified
as ‘well’ than kids whose
families were eligible
but did not receive SNAP.
Have better heath
Use less acute/long-term care
Cost less in Medicaid/Medicare when
compared to seniors not on SNAP
Better health care
A four-year study in Maryland compared residents age 65 and older who receive
SNAP with those who did not. The study found that SNAP beneficiaries had:
13% fewer hospitalizations
a 23% reduction in nursing facility use
10% fewer ER visits
a shorter length of stay when in
a hospital or nursing facility
$2,120/year less in medical costs
Original publish date: February 2018. View PDF version for sources.