Virginia SNAP helps low-income people and families in Virginia with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.
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.
Who qualifies for food stamps in Virginia? #
In order to qualify for food stamps in Virginia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Virginia
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
In addition, the law requires all able-bodied recipients ages 18—50 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? #
Most families in Virginia with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.
There is no asset test required for SNAP eligibility in Virginia.
Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.
How is SNAP benefits calculated in Virginia? #
SNAP benefits are calculated based on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.
For example, a family of three with no income in Virginia may receive up to $740 in monthly SNAP benefits.
- Family Size SNAP Benefits
- 1 $281
- 2 $516
- 3 $740
- 4 $939
- 5 $1,116
- 6 $1,339
- 7 $1,480
- 8 $1,691
The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.
How do I apply for SNAP in Virginia? #
Application may be made either online through CommonHelp or in person at your local DSS office by submitting a signed “Application for Benefits”. An interview will be arranged to determine your eligibility and qualify you for SNAP assistance.
How long does it take to get approved for SNAP in Virginia? #
SNAP office must make its decision of a person's eligibility within 30 days or 7 days, if expedited. The 30-day (or 7-day if expedited) usually begins the day after the application is received at the office.