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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.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service to provide nutritional assistance benefits to eligible individuals and families. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to households through an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) to supplement the purchase of nutritious foods. Eligibility for SNAP benefits is based on financial and nonfinancial criteria.

To determine eligibility and/or apply for SNAP benefits online, visit CommonHelp. Alternatively, paper applications are available and may be submitted manually to the applicant's local department of social services.

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How to support Virginians experiencing food insecurity.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks represents the Commonwealth's largest charitable response to food insecurity, serving nearly 1,800 partner agencies and direct distribution sites statewide. All food donations can be dropped off at your local food bank .

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