Virginia to allocate extra food stamps benefits to eligible families on Sept. 16

Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — On Thursday, the Virginia Department of Social Services that they will be releasing emergency allotments of benefits to eligible families later this month.

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Officials say the benefits will automatically be loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Thursday, September 16. Emergency allotment benefits are, however, only available to current SNAP households only and do not apply to Pandemic EBT recipients.

The emergency allotments raise existing SNAP households’ monthly benefit amount to the maximum allowable based on the size of each household as follows: 

Household Size48 States and DC
1$234
2$430
3$616
4$782
5$929
6$1,114
7$1,232
8$1,408
Each additional person$176

Social Services note that these benefits are only available through a public health emergency declaration that requires an extension on a month-to-month basis.

Those with questions should contact their local department of social services or visit CommonHelp at commonhelp.virginia.gov to access account information. For additional information regarding SNAP, how to apply, and other assistance programs, visit dss.virginia.gov/benefit/. 

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