Food programs for families

Children that are hungry can’t learn. This is why Pennsylvania offers food programs to help children get enough food and nutrition.

Check out the Early Learning GPS to search for other local2015-GPS-logosm resources like free parenting/ adult education classes, food pantries, and other assistance. Create a free family account and map for your child and click on “Search/Saved Resources.” Click on the search icon in the upper right corner to search for resources by keyword or county. You can also go to the lower right of the home page and click “Search Local Resources.”

WIC – (Women, Infants, Children)
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition services for low-income pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age five in a supportive environment.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Food Stamps
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the Food Stamp program. SNAP benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive a Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card. This card works like a bank debit card and is used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets.

To apply:

PA Summer Meals for Families program
This website contains a searchable map for the locations of federally-funded free summer meal programs in Pennsylvania. These food service sites are open to children in the community and do not require registration.

Click here to enter your zipcode and find out about summer meals programs near you.



  • Erika Brady says:

    I think having a food program for your family is a really good idea. Like you said, children that are hungry can’t learn. I have always struggled to know when and how to feed my kids. I want to make sure they are getting the proper nutrition that they need. I will look into having a food program, because I think that would help a lot!

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