Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to buy food and help low income households obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power for all eligible participants. The recipient receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card that only they may use.
FREE and REDUCED LUNCH (for your child)
The goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation's children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.
The Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between Pennsylvania and the Federal Government that provides health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. The goal of the WIC program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of children during critical stages of growth and development.
CHILD CARE WORKS
The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Child Care Information Services (CCIS) office located in your county. If you meet the guidelines, the CCIS will pay a part of your child care cost. This is called a subsidy payment. You will pay a part of the cost. This is called the family co-pay. The subsidy payment and the family co-pay go directly to the child care program.
PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAID PROGRAM
Medicaid provides payment for health care services on behalf of eligible low-income persons and individuals with limited income and high medical expenses. Payments are made directly to the health care providers. In some cases, persons may qualify for payment of medical services that were provided up to three months before the month in which a Medicaid application was completed.
The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. No lien is placed on the person's property if they receive this help. Additional money is available to individuals if they are in an emergency situation (Broken heating equipment or leaking lines; lack of fuel; termination, or danger of utility service termination, and are in jeopardy of losing their heat.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. The Federal government and Pennsylvania fund TANF payments.
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to insulate the homes of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, and high residential energy users, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.
Adapted from Benefits.gov Program Descriptions