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Updated: Sep 4

Applying for SNAP / food assistance

SNAP, also known as food stamps, offers eligible students up to $194 per month (for one person/household) to buy groceries. You may qualify for assistance if one of these situations apply:

  • You were approved for work-study

  • You have a low-wage job and work an average of 80 hours/month

  • Have a medical barrier to employment

  • Have children or a dependent under your care

  • Are enrolled in college at least half-time


Call BenePhilly at 1-844-848-4376 to learn if you are eligible for SNAP and get assistance with the application process. You can also download MyCompass PA app or visit www.compass.state.pa.us. When you call, remember that for many programs only your household’s income matters—not your parents’ household—and often financial aid does not count as income. If you participate in work study, be sure to inform them that you are a work-study recipient!


Note: Other rules may apply. If you live with family members and are under 22 years old, you must apply for SNAP with your family member. If you have a meal plan covering half or more of your monthly meals, you will not be eligible for SNAP.


County Assistance Offices are not open to the public, but staff are processing applications and paperwork. To find a SNAP County Assistance Office for assistance or to process your application click here or call the customer service line 215-560- 7226.


Find other free and low-cost emergency food aid programs here.


Fresh EBT This free app makes it easy and secure to check your food stamp balance, save money with coupons, and explore job posts or other money-making opportunities all on your phone. Available in English and Spanish.

Local food resources - free & discount

Use this map created by Philabundance to find free food distribution sites in Philadelphia.

Broad Street Ministry Offering to go meals as well as other social services, including the ability to set a mailbox for students who do not have stabilized housing. This can be especially helpful for students who receive or want to apply for SNAP benefits. Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad Street

Catholic Social Services Providing food, diapers, and baby formula. Northeast Philadelphia (7340 Jackson St.) 215-624-5920 Monday to Friday, 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2 p.m. Casa del Carmen (4400 North Reese St.) 267-3312500 Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Southwest Philadelphia (6214 Grays St.) 215-724-8550 Monday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m (Food only), Tuesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Diapers only), Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Diapers only)

Coalition Against Hunger This non-profit provides support applying and advocating for SNAP as well as many resources including a listing of local sites offering free-meals and food pantries.

Free Meal sites by the City of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Free Meal Sites Residents can pick up one box per household. Supplies will last up to five days. Residents do not need to present an ID or proof of income for eligibility. Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 215 S. Broad St.

Philly Food Finder The curated Food Finder Map allows for you to find free and discounted food/groceries by you. Additionally, the Food Access Guide provides additional information and resources to help support people facing food insecurity.

Share Food Program They provide healthy food at no cost through dozens of pickup sites across the region, and home delivery for seniors and people with disabilities and significant health challenges.

For additional food resources, check out the Food Section of the National COVID College Support Site.


Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.



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