Virginia Extends Extra SNAP Benefits Through August 2022--Here's When You'll Receive Them

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Virginia has been approved to distribute emergency allotment SNAP benefits in August 2022. Approximately 445,000 Virginia households will receive extra food stamp benefits through P-SNAP in August.

Virginia will deposit Emergency Allotment SNAP benefits to EBT Cards on August 16, 2022. Benefits will be available for use on VA EBT Cards the following business day Monday, August 18th. This also means that any new Virginia SNAP recipients approved during August will receive Emergency Allotment SNAP benefits as they are approved.

SNAP the acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as the first line of defense against hunger for Virginia residents. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. SNAP recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

The FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) SNAP Emergency Allotment Request requires states must provide an extension acknowledgment to their FNS Regional SNAP contact(s) for each month covered by this request.

One of the stipulations that grant this extension is that "Residents of the State are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19." In addition to this, the FFCRA stipulates that the State’s residents have experienced economic impacts due to job suspensions or losses and the State’s emergency or disaster declaration remains active

The most recent Emergency Allotment (EA) Request lists an EA disbursement date of August 16, 2022. Additionally, the document estimates the number of households receiving emergency allotment benefits to be 445,000 Furthermore, the estimated amount of emergency allotment benefits issued per month is estimated at $83,000,000. Source: https://fns-prod.azureedge.us/sites/default/files/resource-files/VA-SNAP-COVID-EA-Extension-August-2022-Acknowledged.pdf

This move is in response to COVID-19. The Food and Nutrition U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website purports that their institution has granted waivers to several states, including Virginia, allowing for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

The Virginia government's website issues the following statement about the VDSS, which is the entity that controls the SNAP program:

"The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), one of the Commonwealthʼs largest government agencies, is comprised of approximately 2,000 state staff who proudly serve alongside more than 10,000 employees of 120 local departments of social services and community action agencies to deliver critical social services to Virginiaʼs most vulnerable citizens. VDSS is committed to ensuring Virginians have access to the high-quality human services and resources needed to enhance their individual and collective well-being, and shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities. The agency provides a wide range of services and resources in the areas of food and energy assistance, foster care and adoption, child support, and abuse and neglect prevention, among others. For more information, visit dss.virginia.gov."

You can apply for SNAP benefits online or by calling your local social services department.

For more information about SNAP and to apply for this benefit, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services website.

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