SNAP emergency benefits available in October

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:30

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households who are not already receiving the maximum allotment as part of their regular monthly benefit. Consistent with the emergency allotments provided during the months of March - September, benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Eligible recipients can expect to have benefits available on Friday, October 16.

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 $204
2 $374
3 $535
4 $680
5 $807
6 $969
7 $1,070
8 $1,224
Each addt'l person +$153

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

The status of future emergency benefits beyond the month of October is unknown at this time, pending decisions by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. Currently, over 680,000 individuals receive SNAP benefits within the Commonwealth. On average, the monthly SNAP benefit per participant is $119.

SNAP participants with questions related to their benefits are encouraged to contact their local department of social services (Winchester city Social Services) or visit CommonHelp at to access account information.