Program DescriptionSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as the first line of defense against hunger for Virginia residents. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. SNAP recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. The program is the cornerstone of the food assistance programs, and provides crucial support to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Virginia and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for this program, please visit:
Program Contact Information
For more information on Virginia SNAP and instructions on how to apply, please visit: http://www.dss.state.va.us/benefit/foodstamp.cgi
E-mail inquiries can be sent to: email@example.com
Please call the DSS hotline to speak with a customer service representative: 1-800-552-3431
You can also identify and contact your local county Department of Social Services (DWS) office by checking: http://www.dss.state.va.us/localagency/index.html