A Pennsylvania food stamps card can do some incredible things! If you’re looking for PA food stamps benefits, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve written up lists like this for almost every state and Pennsylvania definitely has more to offer than most.
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Sure, we’ll tell you about the usual things like take-and-bake pizza…. but we’ll also tell you how to use your EBT card to get cheap admission to museums and $5/month Internet service!
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7 Things You Need to Know
I’ve been updating this list for years now, and I’ve learned quite a bit along the way. There are some things that many people don’t know about PA food stamps!
- Apply for PA food stamps online. I’ve had many people tell me that the only reason they don’t have food stamps is because they’re too embarrassed to go into the office. You can apply online and skip the lines!
- You can buy fruit trees and gift baskets. No joke – this is all part of the actual federal FoodShare law. Here’s a list of unexpected things you can actually buy with your PA food stamps funds.
- Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
- You may be eligible for more funds from your PA food stamps. Groceries are expensive. It’s tough to make ends meet when you have, on average, $1.40 per meal. That’s why we dug into the law to find ways that our readers could legally get even more food stamps funds. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways you can increase your food stamps budget!
- You can get cash back (it’s legal)! With smart shopping techniques, you can put cash back in your pocket when you shop with EBT. Here’s how.
- You can shop at many places. Some retailers, such as Farmer’s Markets, often offer double-up programs where you can get twice as much food as you pay for. Bulk retailers like Costco also accept PA food stamps. Here’s a list of places you can use foodstamps.
- You can use your Pennsylvania EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you can also get EBT discounts in other states. All of our state lists use green titles to indicate what venues accept out-of-state EBT cards for discounts.
Got a PA food stamps card? You may qualify for these!
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! Amazon Prime includes FREE two-day shipping and FREE streaming access to thousands of titles. You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
Internet from Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more for just $5-$10 per month?! It’s true! Click here to see all the discounted Internet programs you could qualify for.
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Power companies often have low income programs, including special low rates or free home improvement services! We received over $18,000 in free home improvements through these programs.
Property tax exemptions are often available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office. We even received a refund for the last two years of property taxes!
Student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!
Summer food services offer free meals for children 18 and under during the summer months when free and low-cost school meals aren’t available.
Veterinary care assistance is available! If you have a pet, you need to know about these agencies that may be able to assist with your pet’s vet bills.
YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! Contact your local YMCA for details.
Get discounted admission to 30+ destinations with a PA food stamps card!
If you receive PA food stamps, then you can get discounted admission to over 30 awesome museums throughout Pennsylvania. We’ve organized the list alphabetically by city for your convenience.
Both the Access Admission Program by Art-Reach and the Museums for All Program provide discounted admission for PA food stamps recipients. However, there are differences between them.
Access is local and for PA food stamps recipients only. Museums for All partners accept EBT cards from all 50 states! We’ve used green titles to distinguish the Museums for All partners.
It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your PA food stamps card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
Old Economy Village – $2 per person
Old Economy Village preserves the legacy of the Harmony Society, where the followers of George Rapp waited for the second coming of the Messiah.
Pennsylvania Military Museum – $2 per person
The Pennsylvania Military Museum features interior and exterior exhibits, monuments and shrines.
Glencairn Museum – FREE or $2 per person
“Glencairn Museum exists to educate a diverse audience about the history of religion, using art and artifacts from a variety of cultures and time periods. We seek to build understanding between people of all beliefs through an appreciation of common spiritual history and values.”
You can visit and enjoy the Children’s Photo Scavenger Hunt for free. And with your PA food stamps card, you can join a Family Adventure Tour for just $2 per person.
Brandywine Battlefield Park – $2 per person
Visit the site of the largest single day battle of the American revolution in this 50 square mile park.
Brandywine River Museum of Art- $2 per person
The Museum features galleries dedicated to N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The museum recently joined Museums for All, so this discount is available to all food stamps recipients.
Cornwall Iron Furnace – $2 per person
The Cornwall Iron Furnace is a relic from the early American iron industry. It is the most complete charcoal-fueled ironmaking complex in America. Thanks to PHMC’s partnership with Museums for All, you can visit for just $2 per person!
James A. Michener Art Museum – $2 per person
American (and Buck County) art is on display here. Current offerings include Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry and Lloyd Ney: Local Color. Click here to see more exhibits.
National Canal Museum – FREE
“The National Canal Museum interprets the history and culture of canals as well as the science and technology behind their building, through exhibits and hands-on activities. Children and adults can harness a mule, steer a canal boat, and engage in activities that help them learn how canals were built.”
Admission is free for all EBT card holders.
Historic Ephrata Cloister – $2 per person
Since 1732, the Historic Ephrata Cloister has drawn visitors who want to learn more about William Penn’s Holy Experiment. This retreat was designed to draw devoted members into a disciplined lifestyle that prepared them for heaven.
Today, you can explore the site and learn more about this intriguing story for just $2 per person with your EBT card. Children 11 and under are free.
Erie Art Museum – $2 per person
Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig Niagara – $2 per person
From WWII through the present day, the Erie Maritime Museum will introduce you to the history, people and events of Lake Erie. The ship itself is the premier exhibit when it’s in port. Inside the museum, you’ll see a steam-powered electricity generating station, a reconstruction of a ship that has been blasted with ammunition and more!
ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum – $2 per person
See what’s happening at the ExpERIEnce Museum by clicking here! At the time of this writing, offerings include an air rocket exhibit, storyland, open art studio and more.
You don’t have to pay the standard $7 admission if you have a Pennsylvania food stamps card! Just show your PA food stamps card at the admission desk and you’ll be able to pay just $2 per person. This museum is a Museums for All partner.
State Museum of Pennsylvania – $2 per person
The official museum of Pennsylvania features a Mammal Hall, a Planetarium, a Native American exhibit, Civil War remnants and more. Everything here focuses on the cultural and natural history of the great state of Pennsylvania.
Susquehanna Art Museum – $3 or less per person
Experience creativity and explore meaning through the visual arts at the SAM.
Bushy Run Battlefield – $2 per person
Your admission also includes a battlefield tour!
Graeme Park – $2 per person
Wander 42 stunning acres for free. You can tour the Kieth House for just $2 per person, so you’re paying just 1/3 or the regular adult admission rate.
Longwood Gardens – $2 per person
Experience the lovely gardens, open air theater, trial garden and more at Longwood Gardens. Classes, tours and other programming may be available. Click here to see what’s blooming.
Hands-on House Children’s Museum of Lancaster – $3 per person
The Hands-on House offers endless entertainment for children! The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, so it’s a suitable destination for all weather. Children can climb up to the tree house, dabble in face painting, pretend in the little city, act out a stage production and more!
It’s truly a wonderland for children – and just $3 per person with your EBT card!
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum – $2 per person
This living history village and farm invites guests to experience 18th and 19th century village and farm life for just $2 per person with your EBT card.
Demonstrations and interpretations are guided by costumed interpreters. The farm and village includes farm machinery, tool barn, Mennonite Religion exhibit, leather-working shop, one-room school house, log farmstead, blacksmith shop and more. Animals and horse-drawn wagons are also on-site.
Lewisburg Children’s Museum – FREE
The Lewisburg Children’s Museum was built in 2016 and occupies 9,000 square feet on the second floor of the GreenSpace Center! In addition to exhibits, guests can enjoy educational programs such as art classes, music classes, language classes and science activities!
Families that present their EBT/SNAP benefits card and valid ID can receive free admission for up to four related family members.
Wharton Esherick Museum – $2 per person
“If it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” said joyful wood sculptor Wharton Esherick. His hilltop studio is now a National Historic Landmark for Architecture and showcases more than 300 of his works which include furniture, furnishings and utensils.
Tyler Arboretum – $2 per person
Enjoy the natural beauty of the arboretum, which also showcases history dating back to the time of William Penn. Horticulture, education and preservation are all keystones of the programs offered at Tyler Arboretum.
Pennsbury Manor – $2 per person
Welcome to William Penn’s country manor. Tour his 17th century estate, which is beautifully situated on 43 stunning acres along the Delaware River. Guided tours, award-winning exhibits and more are available at this home of one of America’s most famous Quakers.
Bucks County Children’s Museum – $2 per person
Enjoy over 9,000 square feet of museum space for just $2 per person, for up to 6 people! You’ll discover a town hall, hospital, factory and so much more. There is something to inspire everyone’s imagination!
Joseph Priestley House – $2 per person
Formerly the home of the man who once discovered oxygen, the Joseph Priestley house includes a laboratory and celebrates the life of this noted scientist, theologian and political progressive.
Waynesborough – $2 per person
This property, which was privately owned by the Wayne family until 1980, was once the residence of Revolutionary War hero”Mad” Anthony Wayne. “Mad” Wayne served alongside George Washington. The residence is now a museum that periodically features historical reenactments.
PSU Pasto Agricultural Museum – FREE
The Pasto Agricultural Museum features unusual farm and household items. Some items are up to 6,000 years old!
(Please note that most of these museums are Art-Reach Partners, not Museums for All partners.)
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – $2 per person
Meet live animals, admire towering dinosaurs, walk through a butterfly garden and more! The Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes four people per food stamps PA card for just $2 per person.
African American Museum in Philadelphia – $2 per person
Since 1976, AAMP has preserved, interpreted and exhibited the history of African Americans. It was the first institution built by a major US city for this purpose. Visit the museum for just $2 per person.
American Swedish Historical Museum – $2 per person
Since 1926, the AWHS has been preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American culture and traditions. Visit the museum for just $2 per person.
Barnes Foundation – FREE
Admire an incredible collection of post-impressionist and modern art. Masterpieces from Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh are featured alongside African sculptures and more for FREE with your PA food stamps card. Musical performances, family programs and more are all available.
Betsy Ross House – $2 per person
Visit the birthplace of the American flag and learn more about its seamstress, Betsy Ross. Interactive historical programming is available.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – $2 per person
Once the most infamous prison in the world, the ruins of the Eastern State Penitentiary are now haunting ruins of towers and cells. Check out the online tour here or take your PA food stamps card to ESP to see for yourself!
Franklin Institute – $2 per person
There is so much to do and explore at the Franklin Institute! From the Giant Heart to the planetarium to the Ben Franklin memorial, you’ll quickly discover why the Franklin Institute is Pennsylvania’s most visited museum… and now you can go for just $2 per person.
Franklin Square (Parx Liberty Carousel) – $2 per person
Will you pick the zebra, dragon or something else entirely when you ride the City’s only carousel? Admission is typically $3 each, but it’s only $2 if you have a PA food stamps Card! There’s a limit of 4 people per EBT card – but that still saves $4!
Franklin Square (Philly Mini Golf) – $2 per person
A family of four can save up to $28 on a round of mini-golf at Franklin Square! Center City’s only miniature golf course features 18 holes and features distinctly Philadelphia courses like Elfreth’s Alley, the Ben Franklin Bridge and more.
Tickets are usually $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12… but you can get $2 admission for up to four people with your PA food stamps Card!
FringeArts – $2 per person
FringeArts is the only Live Arts Access partner! With your PA food stamps card, you can get up to four tickets for just $2 each to any FringeArts performance. Independently-produced Fringe Festivals are not included. There are a limited number of Access tickets available for each performance, so book early! Here’s some instructions on how to do this.
Grumblethorpe – $2 per person
With a farmhouse, two acre garden, greenhouse and more, a visit to Grumblethorpe can be both fun and educational.
Historic Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground – $2 per person
Since Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and other Revolution-era leaders are buried here, Historic Christ Church is sometimes called “The Nation’s Church.” A guided tour of the Burial Ground is included in the discounted $2 admission.
Independence Seaport Museum – $2 per person
Explore art, artifacts and archival materials from around the Greater Delaware Valley, Port of Philadelphia and other surrounding areas. Browse the museum’s offerings here.
Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion – $2 per person
This museum spans two floors and includes an especially delightful 7,000 square foot tropical butterfly pavilion.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Philadelphia – $2 per person
Wander through 92 acres of lush, colorful, fragrant gardens that feature over 12,000 labelled plants, trees and flowers at the Morris Arboretum!
Museum of the American Revolution – $2 per person
The Museum of the American Revolution tells the story of the American Revolution from the earliest unrest in Boston to the creation of the American Republic.
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – $2 per person
View anatomical specimens, models and interesting medical instruments at this museum. Over 100 skulls, a Civil War amputation kit and other curiosities are on display at the Mutter Museum.
National Constitution Center – $2 per person
Rare artifacts, theatrical performances, interactive exhibits and more await you at the National Constitution Center. The highlight of the museum is the Signer’s Hall, which features life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
National Liberty Museum – $2 per person
Find yourself in America’s history at the National Liberty Museum, where the stories of our nation’s heroes become an engaging and interactive experience.
The museum website says, “Our core themes for young people and adults include leadership and good character; diversity and inclusion; peaceful conflict resolution; and civic engagement. Our primary art form is glass art, as it makes the point that freedom is as fragile as glass.”
National Museum of American Jewish History – $2 per person
This family-friendly museum illustrates the history of Jews in America through immigrant stories and interactive displays. Original films, historical documents and artifacts are all on display. Children 12 and under are always free.
Penn Museum – $2 per person
Open the doors on history! The Penn Museum collection includes Egyptian mummies and artifacts from Asia, Africa, the Americans, Mesopotamia and more. The museum also contains a garden, shop and café.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – $2 per person
Founded in 1805, PAFA is both a school and a museum. The museum features special exhibits and a permanent collection of work by the region’s most skilled artists.
Philadelphia Museum of Art – $2 per person
One of the largest and most renowned museums in the country, Philadelphia Museum of Art offers collections from the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Discover their collection today for just $2 per person.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – $2 per person
Explore Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. This venue seeks to inspire creativity and community engagement through unique art collections. Limit 4 discounts per EBT card.
Physick House – $2 per person
Built in 1786, this home is the former residence of Dr. Philip Syng Physick. This doctor was known as the “Father of American Surgery” and cared for notable Americans like Dolly Madison and Andrew Jackson. The home is the last free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. It includes a large garden and medical museum.
Please Touch Museum – $2 per person
Children 7 and under learn best through play – and that’s what the Please Touch Museum is for! Visitors must show valid Photo ID.
Powel House – $2 per person
Philadelphia’s last mayor who ruled under the Crown resided at the Powel House. It’s a Georgian brick mansion that was constructed in 1765. George Washington danced here on his wedding anniversary!
Shofuso Japanese House Garden – $2 per person
Visit a traditional-style Japanese house and garden in Philadelphia! This museum showcases the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia with objects ranging from 1876 to 2007. It is open only between April and October and wheelchairs cannot access the entire venue.
Woodmere Art Museum – $2 per person
This collection resides in a 19th century stone Victorian mansion in Chestnut Hill. The Permanent Collection, donated by Charles Knox Smith, contains over 3,000 works of art that celebrates the art and artists of Philadelphia.
Andy Warhol Museum – $1 per person
The Andy Warhol Museum offers an art collection, film and video collection and performing arts. See what’s up on their website.
Carnegie Museum of Art – $1 per person
The Carnegie Museum of Art has something for everyone.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History – $1 per person
Admire a collection of dinosaur fossils, gems, minerals and ancient artifacts.
Carnegie Science Center – $3 per person
Engage with hands-on exhibits, watch live demonstrations and more at the Carnegie Science Center.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – $2 per person
Visit Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood, explore the attic and the backyard and so much more at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!
The museum website states that PA food stamps cardholders can receive $2 admission for up to four people. However, as a Museums for All partner, the CMP should honor EBT cards from all 50 states. Please note that photo ID is required for each adult and each adult’s ID must show the same address as the cardholder.
Mattress Factory – $1 per person
It isn’t what it sounds like. Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory is really a contemporary art museum and experimental lab. PA food stamps card holders pay just $1 per person for admission – a tremendous savings over the typical $20 per adult and $15 per student!
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – $3 per person
Explore the beauty and wonders of nature of this lovely conservatory, encompassing 15 acres including a 14-room glasshouse and 23 distinct gardens.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – $2 per person
There are many different gardens available here. You can download a map on their website, which will guide you through the Hillside Pollinator Garden, Lotus Pond & Japanese Garden, Garden of the Five Senses, Heritage Homestead and more!
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library – FREE
The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library offers a toy lending library with over 400 toys and indoor play space for young children. Families can visit for FREE with their PA food stamps card. Low-income families are able to join as volunteer or lending members on a “pay-what-you-can” sliding scale, which includes access to the play space as well as toy lending.
Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum – $3 or less per person
The historic firehouse at the corner of South Fifth & Laurel Streets was built in 1876. It is full of firefighting memorabilia, antique furnishings, and the “best room” designed by John Wanamaker.
The Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum is a Museums for All partner. For more information, including hours and prices, call (485) 525-0590.
Lehigh Valley Zoo – $3 per person
Get to know over 125 species of animals at this fun zoo.
Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum – $2 per person
This museum tells the story of hard coal mining, its industries and the immigrant culture it created in northeastern Pennsylvania. Come see the Scranton Iron Furnaces, the Museum and more at this designated historic site. Entry is just $2 with your PA food stamps card.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – $2 per person
See nearly 100 locomotives and railroad cars at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania! Visitors can see a steam locomotive cab, caboose and passenger car. Sometimes, other pieces of equipment may be opened for an interior view. The museum also includes model train layouts, link-and-pin coupler you can try and other interactive exhibits for children.
Somerset Historical Center – $2 per person
Bring history to life at this 150 acre rural history museum! In addition to a visitor’s center, you will see a 1770s farmstead, 1830s farmstead, 1860s maple sugar camp, 1890s cider press and more.
Drake Well Museum and Park – $2 per person
The Drake Well Museum and Park tells the story of Pennsylvania’s petroleum industry. The 240 acre site features Drake’s engine house, a n operating central power oil lease, a standard drilling right, 12,000 sq ft of exhibits and more! Visit for just $2 per person.
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum – $2 per person
Learn the history of the lumber industry at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum! The museum has many events, including a Community Day.
Chanticleer Garden – $2 per person
Visit the most imaginative and romantic garden in America! Within 30 minutes of Philadelphia, is open from April through October. Even the drinking fountains are works of art!
Wonderland of Waynesboro – $3 per person or less
Wonderland of Waynesboro recently joined Museums for All! This children’s activity center is an entirely indoor play area for children.
Eckley Miner’s Village Museum – $2 per person
Tour Eckley, a coal “patch town” frozen in time. Founded in 1854, this town provided the basic necessities to mining families, such as medical care, basic amenities and education. Today, you can see the visitor’s center and take a guided tour for $2 per person!
Conrad Weiser Homestead – $2 per person
This homestead celebrates the historical contributions of Conrad Weiser, who helped negotiate every major treaty between the colonial settlers and the Iroquois Nations between 1731 and 1758.
York County History Center – $2 per person
Admission provides entry to all open York County history center museums and historic sites on the day of your visit!