SNAP emergency benefits available in May 2021

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 08:30

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Sunday, May 16, 2021

The emergency allotments raise each household’s monthly allotment to the maximum allowable based on household size as follows:

Household Size Max. Monthly Allotment
1 $234
2 $430
3 $616
4 $782
5 $929
6 $1,114
7 $1,232
8 $1,408
Each addt'l person +$176

Note: The allotments described here are for households in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.

Emergency allotment benefits are available to current SNAP households only and do not apply to Pandemic EBT recipients. SNAP participants with questions related to their benefits are encouraged to contact the Winchester Department of Social Services (city residents only) or visit CommonHelp at (any VA resident) to access account information.

For additional information regarding SNAP, how to apply, and other assistance programs, visit For streamlined access to other critical and actionable resources from 2-1-1 Virginia, CommonHelp, and other state and federal agencies, visit to download the COVID-19 Virginia Resources mobile app.