WIC, TEFAP & Other Nutritional Assistance
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WIC

image of a  square resembling a bullet About WIC

The WIC program safeguards the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. Although the program is administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), application for benefits can be made through the Virginia Department of Social Services .

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The following are required in order to apply:

  • Income verification (Medicaid card, pay stubs, TANF printout with case number, SNAP Notice of Eligibility, this year's W-2 form, and/or income tax returns)
  • Proof of residency (utility bills, rent/mortgage receipts, Medicaid card, VA driver's license, or TANF/Welfare photo ID)

The worker who reviews your application will tell you if any other verifications are needed. It is not necessary to be interviewed at the local Department of Social Services and mail-in applications are accepted.

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TEFAP

image of a  square resembling a bullet About TEFAP

TEFAP is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. Food is distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other organizations that serve the public.

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Nutrition Programs for Seniors

Nutrition Programs for Seniors, also known as Farm Market Fresh for Seniors, gives eligible seniors $40 of free, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and cut herbs during the growing season. The program is available in limited localities in Virginia. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or call the Virginia Department for the Aging at (800) 552-3402.

School Meals - National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

image of a  square resembling a bullet About SFSP

SFSP is the single largest federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program. Children do not have to go hungry in the summer. This program supplants school breakfast and lunch programs.

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Food Banks

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks provides more than 45 million pounds of food and products 2,900 member agencies that serve hungry Virginians. The member agencies assist soup kitchens, after-school programs, senior centers and elderly feeding programs, Kids Café, Head Start, transitional housing, mental health programs, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and individual households on a regular basis. It also assists victims of disasters and emergencies. Food banks provided more than two million pounds of food and supplies to those impacted by Hurricane Isabel.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides meals to frail older adults over age 60 who are homebound and meet eligibility criteria. The service provides a nutritious noontime meal delivered by an Area Agency on Aging staff member or volunteer who also checks on the older adultís well-being.