Virginia will be distributing summertime SNAP benefits to students this year.
Virginia Department of Social Services announced that eligible households will get $120 for children in grades K-12. This will not be an ongoing payment. It’s a one-time benefit.
Distribution of the benefits is set to begin on July 22.
Students are deemed eligible if:
- they attended a school that participated in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during the 2022-2023 school year.
- they were approved for free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-2023 school year or are determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
These benefits are being issued via the P-EBT, which is federal program that was introduced in 2020 to help supplement meals that children would have received at school during times when the schools were closed or operating part-time.
If your household is eligible but you don’t have a P-EBT or SNAP EBT card, a card will be mailed to you at the address that the school has on file.
According to VDSS, the cards should be issued within 3 weeks of the benefits being issued.
For issues, such as a lost card, you should contact the P-EBT Call Center at 866-513-1414 or 804-294-1633 Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Families should not look for anymore P-EBT benefits after this. VDSS said this summer’s assistance will mark the end of the program.
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