Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


Food * Housing * Cash Assistance * Bills * Health * Education * Employment

Pennsylvania Assistance Programs and Services


  • Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, (+++)  Call: 800-692-7462
  • Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  – Provides cash assistance as a temporary help to eligible pregnant women and families with one or more dependent childrenCall: 717-787-4081
  • Pennsylvania Diversion and Moving to Independence Program ⇑ – Designed to help Pennsylvania’s low-income families become independent by choosing short-term help rather than long-term ongoing cash assistance through the TANF programCall: 717-787-4081
  • Pennsylvania Refugee Cash Assistance and Moving to Independence  – Provides cash assistance for up to eight months from the date of entry into the United States for refugees who do not meet TANF eligibility requirementsCall: 717-787-4081
  • Pennsylvania Telephone Assistance Programs (Lifeline)  – Provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, Call: 800-692-7380
  • Pennsylvania Medical Assistance  – A health insurance program that pays for medical and health-related services for eligible Pennsylvania residents, Call: 866-550-4355
  • Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  – Provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance, Call: 800-986-5437
  • Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program  – Provides benefits to primary caregivers for an adult age 60 or over or an adult with chronic dementia, Call: 717-705-8887
  • Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 717-783-1289
  • Pennsylvania National School Lunch Program (NSLP) ⇑ – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call:  717-783-6788
  • Pennsylvania Special Milk Program ⇑ – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 717-783-6788
  • Pennsylvania School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call:  717-783-6788
  • Pennsylvania Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call800-331-0129
  • Pennsylvania Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, Call: 717-783-6788
  • Pennsylvania Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 717-526-4646 
  • Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  – Offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company to help to qualify low-income families to pay their heating bills, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heatCall: 866-857-7095
  • Pennsylvania Home Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while safeguarding health and safety, Call: Local Agency
  • Pennsylvania Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to aid individuals known to be at risk of malnutrition due to low income and poor health conditions, Call: 717-772-2694
  • Pennsylvania State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)  – Provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low-income individuals, Call: 717-772-2693
  • Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Program ⇑ – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • Pennsylvania Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Local PHA