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The Virginia Department of Social Services provides food benefits through state and federal programs to help promote the nutritional, physical and financial well-being of Virginia families through the delivery of essential public services. What areas of food and nutrition do you need help with?
Child Care Services
To determine eligibility and/or apply for SNAP benefits online, visit CommonHelp. Paper applications are also available at your local department of social services.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food benefits to lower-income families to supplement their grocery budget and can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers.
Families First
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is a system for issuing SNAP benefits using debit card technology. Eligible SNAP households can spend their benefits by swiping their EBT card at a retailer and entering their PIN.
Head Start
Using SNAP at farmers markets is easy! By visiting local farmers markets, SNAP recipients can get fresh, locally grown produce while supporting local farmers and ranchers. You can also take advantage of the Virginia Fresh Match program to purchase fruits and vegetables at participating markets for half price.
Eligible SNAP customers who are experiencing homelessness, elderly, or disabled can use their EBT card to purchase prepared meals at participating restaurants just like they can purchase items at grocery stores.
The WIC program supports the health of lower-income women, infants, and children (WIC) up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

Medical Assistance
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks represents the Commonwealth's largest charitable response to food insecurity, serving nearly 1,800 partner agencies and direct distribution sites statewide. All food donations can be dropped off at your local food bank.
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