RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia granted another extension for SNAP Emergency benefits through October that includes an increase in benefits, ensuring that SNAP recipients in the commonwealth will receive the maximum possible benefits.

The recent adjustment is the result of an annual increase to account for a higher cost of living and higher food costs, according to the USDA.

According to paperwork filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP benefits for Virginians will be loaded onto EBT cards on October 16.

The increase means the maximum amount allocated to single beneficiaries each month has risen to $281. The USDA said a family of two will see an estimated increase of $57 per month, and a family of four is estimated to see around $104 more per month.

The exact amount of benefits will depend on household size, and you can calculate your benefits using the chart below:

Household Size48 States and DC
1$281
2$516
3$740
4$939
5$1,116
6$1,339
7$1,480
8$1,691
Each additional person$211
Those receiving SNAP benefits will be seeing more money hit their accounts after a planned increase announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture went into effect on Oct. 1. 2022. (Photo: United States Department of Agriculture)

Click here for the full breakdown of SNAP allotments.

The emergency benefits are allowed to continue as long as the state’s emergency declaration on the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place – but the state government still has to renew the benefits again each month.