While the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) were both designed to assist low-income families, there are a number of differences between the two. Below are descriptions of the two programs:
TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TANF provides families funds to pay bills, utilities, and other necessities
TANF is temporary. Recipients are limited to receiving benefits for only 60 months during their lifetimes.
The amounts in the chart on the left are the total received in a month.
It is received twice a month.
Grants are reduced if families receive other income.
Unless exempt, TANF recipients must take part in welfare-to-work programs.
For more information about TANF, visit: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/cashassistance/index.htm
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
Provides eligible families with funds to purchase food items.
Families and individuals are eligible for SNAP benefits even if they are working.
Eligibility can be limited by income and resources.
SNAP grants increase based on some household expenses (unlike TANF).
A SNAP household includes everyone who customarily purchases and prepares meals together, plus some “mandatory members.”
For more information about SNAP, visit: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm