August 11, 2023

Recover Stolen SNAP Benefits

Pennsylvania residents who have had Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits stolen through a scam or card skimming sometime since October 1, 2022, can now file to have food stamps replaced.

According to Just Harvest, millions of dollars worth of SNAP recipients’ benefits across the nation have been stolen through card skimming machines, scam text messages, or other phishing schemes.

In December 2022, Congress passed legislation allowing stated to replace benefits that:

  • were stolen through phishing, skimming or other scams AND

  • were stolen between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2024.

Report and Recover Stolen Benefits

Report the stolen benefits to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services by one of the following methods:

The deadline to claim benefits that were stolen between October 1, 2022 and July 12, 2023 is September 10, 2023.

If your benefits were stolen after July 12, 2023, you have 60 calendar days from the date of the first theft to report the theft to the Department of Human Services.  Once a report is made, the claim form must be filed within 30 days.

More Information

More details about the claim process and how to protect SNAP benefits can be found on the Just Harvest site.