Virginia’s SNAP program to issue emergency benefits in May

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 14:45

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.

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
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
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 April (due to either a pending status or approval after April 16) will receive the emergency benefits on May 2. SNAP households will receive their regular May benefits on their usual issuance date, with another round of emergency benefits added on May 11. 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 or by phone to (855) 635-4370.