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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


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Important Changes to Benefit Programs

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2023 law recently passed by Congress ends Emergency Allotments after the February 2023 issuance. SNAP Emergency Allotments were a temporary change to SNAP benefits that began in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In March 2023, all SNAP households' benefits will return to normal amounts, without the additional allotment benefits. Learn more.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. Authorized retailers will display either the Quest logo or a picture of a Virginia EBT card.

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.

Eligibility Income Limits

Guidance & Procedures

Screening for Eligibility & Applying

Please note the following:

  • The USDA has temporarily expanded SNAP eligibility for students enrolled at least part-time in a higher education institution.
  • A manual application cannot be processed and is not considered complete until it is signed and received by your local department.
  • An interview will be required unless you meet the conditions for a waiver . Proof of identity (driver's license or picture I.D.), residence, income, resource and shelter expenses will be required.
  • Applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Relief, are considered an application for SNAP, unless you request otherwise.
  • If all members have applied for or get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may also apply for SNAP at the local Social Security office.


SNAP Employment & Training Program (SNAPET)

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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