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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. Authorized retailers will display a "We Welcome SNAP EBT Customers" poster.

A SNAP account is established for eligible households and automatic deposits are made into the account each month. To access the account, they will also receive an EBT Card, which will debit the account each time eligible food items are purchased. A secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to use the card. Learn more about SNAP and how to apply with these helpful interactive learning modules.

Eligibility Income Limits

Guidance & Procedures

Screening for Eligibility & Applying

Please note the following:

  • An interview with a benefit program specialist for most SNAP applicants and those reapplying for benefits may be required.
  • Bring proof of identity to your SNAP interview, which could include a driver's license or another photo I.D., as well as a proof of residence, income, resources and/or your housing cost.
  • A manual application cannot be processed and is not considered complete until it is signed and received by your local department of social services.
  • Students enrolled at least part-time in a higher education institution may be eligible for SNAP - eligibility for students.
  • Applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Relief (GR) are considered an application for SNAP, unless you request otherwise.
  • If all household members have applied for or get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may also apply for SNAP at your local Social Security office.


Related Links

SNAP Employment & Training Program (SNAP E&T)

SNAP Legal Basis

  • Federal Legal Base - Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
  • Federal Regulation Base - 7 CFR, 271 through 283
  • State Legal Base - Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-801

SNAP Online Shopping

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