Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in September, 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.
The emergency benefits will allow the household’s current monthly allotment to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:
|Household Size||Max. Monthly Allotment|
|Each addt'l person||+$146|
Note: The allotments described here are for households in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
Individuals who did not receive an emergency allotment in August (due to either a pending status or approval after August 16) will receive the August emergency benefits on September 1. SNAP households will receive their regular September benefits on their usual issuance date, with another round of emergency benefits added September 16. All emergency benefits will automatically load to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.
Currently, over 680,000 individuals receive SNAP benefits within the Commonwealth. On average, the monthly SNAP benefit per participant is $119.
Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits may apply online through CommonHelp at https://commonhelp.virginia.gov or by phone to (855) 635-4370.