Virginia SNAP And What You Need To Know

Last Updated on January 18, 2024 by Lori Pace

Virginia SNAP provides cash assistance to low-income families and individuals in Virginia for food purchases. Single mothers with two children living in Virginia may receive up to $402 monthly in SNAP benefits if eligible.

Eligible SNAP Participants receive a “Virginia EBT card” that they can use to purchase food at supermarkets and grocery stores. This replaces paper food stamp coupons.

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, offers food benefits, access, and education in food preparation and nutrition for low-income households. The benefits, which are a type of ATM card and electronic card, can be used to purchase eligible food at authorized retail food shops.

SNAP is the largest domestic hunger safety net program. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a state agency that works with nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based groups, ensure that all those who are eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed choices about how to apply and have access to benefits. 

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet these eligibility requirements to qualify for the food stamps assistance program in Virginia.

  1. Virginia Legal Resident
  2. You can be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent residence
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. You have less than $2,250 of resources

The law also requires that all able-bodied recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 without dependents must meet specific work requirements. There is a 36-month period to receive benefits. Benefits cannot exceed 3 months.

If you have a time limit on your SNAP benefits, you can extend them by enrolling in the SNAPET program.

Income Limit for SNAP in Virginia

Virginia’s food stamp program is available to most families with a gross income of at least 130% of the federal poverty line, which amounts to about $2,380 per month for a family.

Application for SNAP in Virginia

You can apply online via CommonHelp, or in person at your local DSS by submitting a “Application to Benefits” signed form.

Shopping Online with SNAP Benefits

Virginia SNAP beneficiaries can use their EBT cards at Amazon, Kroger, and Walmart to purchase any item that conforms to USDA SNAP guidelines. Here’s how:

  1. Register on Amazon, Kroger, or Walmart to add your EBT card details.
  2. Look for the SNAP/EBT label when shopping for SNAP-eligible food.
  3. You can pay with your EBT card or PIN.
  4. If you have the option, you can have your groceries delivered. SNAP benefits may not cover the delivery fees and other fees.
Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!