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Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Virginia have it easy compared to other states, at least when it comes to remembering when monthly payments are sent. SNAP recipients only need to remember three dates per month, including October 2022.
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In Virginia, SNAP is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Monthly automatic deposits are made to SNAP accounts linked to Virginia Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Cards can be used like cash to purchase eligible food items from authorized retailers, which will display either the Quest logo or an image of a Virginia EBT card.
After you swipe your card at checkout and enter your PIN, the receipt will show you the remaining benefits available in your SNAP account. Virginia EBT cards can also be used online at participating retailers.
SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income households. Although part of the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level.
You can use SNAP benefits to purchase the following food items:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, poultry and fish
- Dairy products
- Breads and cereals
- Snacks and soft drinks
- Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household.
In Virginia, you can also use your EBT card to purchase hot meals, as it is one of the states that operates a restaurant dining program through SNAP.
Some of the items you cannot purchase with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, drugs, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper and cosmetics.
In Virginia, you have two options for determining your eligibility for the SNAP program and then applying for benefits. The first option is to check eligibility and/or apply online through the state’s CommonHelp program. The other option is to bypass the eligibility check and submit a claim manually by completing a “Request for Benefits” form on the DSS SNAP page and returning it to your local Department of Social Services.
Virginia has expanded SNAP eligibility for students enrolled at least half-time in an institute of higher learning. According to the Virginia DSS, students must either be eligible to participate in a state or federally funded work-study program during the regular school year or have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 for the current school year.
SNAP benefits are deposited on the first, fourth and seventh of each month based on the last digit of your case number. Payments are added at 12:01 a.m. on the scheduled date, even if that date falls on a weekend or holiday.
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Here is Virginia’s SNAP filing schedule for October 2022:
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