Virginia SNAP Program Issues Emergency Benefits

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RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Virginians are going to get help during the coronavirus outbreak.

Virginia Social Services announced that emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia SNAP participants during the months of March and April.

Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum benefits.

The emergency benefits will automatically load to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on March 25.

"We are moving quickly to get these additional SNAP benefits into the hands of Virginia families who need them," said Governor Ralph Northam.

“We must make sure that no Virginian goes hungry during this time of crisis,” said VDSS Commissioner S. Duke Storen. “Increasing the resources available to low-income Virginians to purchase food is vital to fighting hunger.”

SNAP households will receive their regular April benefits on their usual issuance date, with emergency benefits added on April 16.

More on this story from our media partner, ABC 13 - WSET.

Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits may apply online through CommonHelp or by phone (855) 635-4370.

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