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Virginia to implement Pandemic EBT program

May 11, 2020

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will provide Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to families of school-age children who no longer have access to free or reduced-price school meals due to public school closures. Virginia is one of 20 states approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services to implement the P-EBT program, which provides temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed.

VDSS to send text messages about Earned Income Tax Credits

May 06, 2020

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has begun sending text message reminders to potentially-eligible SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid enrollees from 2019. The messages will provide information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and options for assistance.

2020 Old Town Farmers and Makers Market has been canceled

May 05, 2020

The Old Town Farmers & Makers Market, held May-September each year at the Taylor Pavilion on the Loudoun Street Mall, has been canceled for the 2020 season.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the coming months, advanced planning for the market has been difficult,” stated Market Coordinator Sarah Acuff Chapman. “As the reopening and recovery process continues, we will reevaluate local conditions and consider offering some market events or a short season over the summer.”

Winchester needs additional Officers of Election

May 04, 2020

The Winchester Office of Elections and Voter Registration is seeking individuals to serve as Officers of Election. If you are a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enjoy serving the public, do not hold any elective office, and are not employees of an elected official, we need you this June. 

The work on Election Day begins at 5:00 am and ends at approximately 8:00 pm. Officers are compensated $150 for working the full Election Day, plus $25 for attending the mandatory training session. 

City launches a temporary Pop-up Market to relieve stress on stores

May 01, 2020

NEXT ORDER DEADLINE: Place an order by June 15 at noon and pick up on TUESDAY, June 16 between 11 am-1 pm at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center. 

The City of Winchester, in partnership with Sysco, has launched a temporary Pop-up Market in hopes of reducing the stress on local grocery providers and offer a temporary option for household supplies. The process is simple:

Virginia’s SNAP program to issue emergency benefits in May

May 01, 2020

Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in May, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum benefits and who are not currently repaying a prior over-issuance of SNAP benefits.

Celebrating the Spirit of Travel for National Travel and Tourism Week

May 01, 2020

~Winchester-Frederick County CVB to highlight the resiliency and power of tourism May 3-9~ 

Beginning May 3, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WFCCVB) will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a number of virtual offerings that honor the spirit of travel in recognition of the industry’s strength, selflessness and resiliency, even in the face of adversity. 

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief resigns

Apr 24, 2020

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett has submitted his resignation effective June 2, 2020.

“After a year with the City of Winchester, I’ve decided to exercise my option to resign without prejudice,” stated Chief Garrett. “The City and the men and women in the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department have been a joy to serve.”

Chief Garrett began service with the Winchester’s Fire and Rescue Chief on June 3, 2019 after serving 30 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.