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Phone Issues 9/27/21 - Some callers to the P-EBT phone line may receive a "number not in service" message. This is because the call center is transitioning to a live P-EBT Hotline, set to launch in early October. If you cannot get through or leave a voicemail, you can: use the DHS P-EBT Inquiry Form or try calling again later.


SNAP Extra Payments

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has been approved  for a SNAP waiver from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

This waiver allows DHS to issue one-time issuances (OTI) to all SNAP recipient households that were receiving benefits in the months of March 2020 through September 2021 to bring their SNAP budget amount to the maximum available amount for their household size. A SNAP household can only receive a benefit for a month in which they received SNAP benefits. For example:

      • If you received benefits in February 2021 only, you will receive an OTI for February only.
      • f you received benefits in March 2021 only, you will receive an OTI for March only.
      • If you received benefits in February and March 2021, you will receive an OTI in February for February and another OTI in March for March. 

FNS has approved additional issuances through May 2021, but with some modifications. For April, a SNAP household will receive an extra benefit in the amount needed to bring them up to the maximum or for 50 percent of the maximum benefit, whichever is more. This includes households that would not normally receive an extra benefit because they were already receiving the maximum. FNS has also approved issuances under these same requirements for the period of September 11, 2020 through March 2021. If you got SNAP benefits during this time period, you will get an extra payment in early May or early June, if the amount you received in each month from September 2020 through March 2021 was less than 50 percent of the maximum benefit for your household size or if you were already receiving the maximum benefit.

For May and any future issuances, FNS has provided new guidance. Starting in May 2021, a SNAP household will receive an extra benefit in the amount needed to bring them up to the maximum benefit for their household size or $95, whichever is greater. This includes households that are receiving the maximum benefit for their household size already. The $95 minimum benefit is regardless of household size. For example, the maximum benefit for a single person household is $234. If a single person household is receiving $175 per month in their regular SNAP benefit, they will receive an OTI for $95. If a single person household is receiving $100 per month in their regular SNAP benefit, they will receive an OTI for $134.

The Maximum Thrifty Food Plan is the maximum amount of benefits a household can receive. Below are the Maximum Thrifty Food Plan amounts effective January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

Household SizeMaximum Thrifty
Food Plan
Minimum Extra Benefit Amount for April 2021Minimum Extra Benefit Amount for May 2021 & any future months
1$234$117






   $95
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
2$430$215
3$616$308
4$782$391
5$929$465
6$1,114$557
7$1,232$616
8$1,408$704
9$1,584$792
10$1,760$880
Each Additional Member$176$88


Monthly Payment Schedules

June 2021

Below is the payment schedule for June 2021, which will help to identify what day you can expect to see your OTI deposited onto your EBT card. For example, if you are a Digit 1, your OTI will be available on June 16, 2021.

Payday Digit:1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Date Available:6/16
6/17
6/18
6/19
6/22
6/23
6/24
6/25
6/26
6/29


July 2021

Below is the payment schedule for July 2021, which will help to identify what day you can expect to see your OTI deposited onto your EBT card. For example, if you are a Digit 1, your OTI will be available on July 17, 2021.

Payday Digit:1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Date Available:7/17
7/20
7/21
7/22
7/23
7/24
7/27
7/28
7/29
7/30


August 2021

Below is the payment schedule for August 2021, which will help to identify what day you can expect to see your OTI deposited onto your EBT card. For example, if you are a Digit 1, your OTI will be available on August 17, 2021.

Payday Digit:1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Date Available:8/17
8/18
8/19
8/20
8/21
8/24
8/25
8/26
8/27
8/28


September 2021

Below is the payment schedule for September 2021, which will help to identify what day you can expect to see your OTI deposited onto your EBT card. For example, if you are a Digit 1, your OTI will be available on September 16, 2021.

Payday Digit:1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Date Available:9/16
9/17
9/18
9/21
9/22
9/23
9/24
9/25
9/28
9/29


Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Information

To check your EBT card balance, you can call 1-888-EBT-PENN (1-888-328-7366) or view it online at www.ConnectEBT.com. You can also view your benefits through the myCOMPASS PA mobile app on your smart phone.

Contact

For other questions about your SNAP benefits, you can call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930 or your local county assistance office.