SNAP (Food Stamp) Campaign

Every year, the Coalition helps over 4,000 residents apply for SNAP (food stamps) and other public benefits.

SNAP is our nation's most effective program in the fight against hunger. The program helps millions of families buy the food they need, so they can stretch their budgets and make ends meet.

Yet there are 159,000 people in Philadelphia alone who qualify for SNAP who do not participate in the program.

To bridge that gap, we launched the SNAP Hotline in 2002. Every year, we screen thousands of area residents for SNAP benefits, which allows them to buy groceries for their families and frees up money to cover other needs, like rent, medicine and childcare.

In addition, SNAP is good for the economy: Every $5 in SNAP benefits generates $9 in economic activity, as those benefits are spent at grocery stores, farmers' markets and small businesses across the state, according to the USDA.

Our SNAP Campaign reaches residents through:
  • SNAP Hotline: 215-430-0556: Residents of Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia counties can apply for SNAP benefits by phone. Hotline counselors are available Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • In-Person Assistance: Since 2002, the Coalition has trained more than 500 volunteers to conduct SNAP screening and application assistance both at our office and at other agencies around the region.
  • Case Management: The Coalition helps Philadelphia residents who are wrongly denied SNAP benefits. With the cooperation of Philadelphia's County Assistance Offices, we resolve the majority of the cases we handle each month.
On your smartphone right now and need assistance? Just tap the number below to be connected to our SNAP Hotline.



(May 21, 2015) A look into SNAP use in the Philadelphia Latino community
(May 12, 2015) Pennsylvania became 36th state to do away with asset test
(April 22, 2015) The asset test, long a barrier to those in need, to be removed