Virginia SNAP

Virginia SNAP helps low-income people and families in Virginia with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

In Virginia, eligible single mother of two children with little or no income may get as much as $402 in monthly SNAP benefits.

Eligible SNAP participants are issued a “Virginia EBT Card” used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets, in lieu of paper food stamp coupons.

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Who qualifies for food stamps in Virginia? #

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In order to qualify for food stamps in Virginia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Virginia
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

In addition, the law requires all able-bodied recipients ages 18—49 without dependents to meet special work requirements. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.

Those who have their benefits time-limited may extend their SNAP benefits by choosing to participate in the SNAPET program, where offered.

What is the income limit for SNAP in Virginia? #

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Most families in Virginia with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How do I apply for SNAP in Virginia? #

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Application may be made either online through CommonHelp or in person at your local DSS office by submitting a signed “Application for Benefits”.