Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly Food Stamps
SNAP News 2021:
Emergency SNAP Allotments:
Emergency SNAP Allotments will be available on
March 25, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 11, 2020 June 17, 2020, July 16, 2020, August 16, 2020, September 16, 2020, October 16, 2020, November 16, 2020, December 16, 2020, continuing into 2021
on January 16, 2021, February 16, 2021, March 16, 2021, April 16, 2021 & May 16, 2021.
These allotments are meant to increase the household's SNAP benefit to the maximum benefit for that household's size. No additional action is needed as this will happen automatically. If the household is already receiving the maximum benefit, there will not be an emergency allotment disbursed.
* Emergency SNAP benefits will continue for May 2021. February's issuance of Emergency SNAP is scheduled for May 16, 2021. *
Virginia will also issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits for children who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Grayson County Public Schools will be distributing them. If the child's address on file at their school is not correct, please contact the school by May 5, 2020 to update it. If your child is already on a SNAP case, their additional benefits will be disbursed to that card.
Free Meals for Children:
Most of the local school districts are providing meals to the children eligible for free and reduced lunch. Contact the local school division for distribution sites.
SNAP Online Purchasing:
VDSS is pleased to announce that effective May 29, 2020, SNAP recipients in Virginia may purchase food from approved online retailers using their EBT card!
Currently, the approved online retailers are Amazon and Walmart. Both retailers provide information on their website about using EBT for online purchases. SNAP benefits may only be used to purchase eligible food. Delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used like cash to buy eligibile 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.
Items that can be purchased with SNAP include:
Food or food products meant to be eaten by people
Vegetable seeds and food producing plants, roots,
and trees for family consumption
Baby formula, diabetic, and diet foods
Edible items used in preparing or preserving food
such as spices and herbs, pectin, and shortening
Water and ice labeled for human consumption
Meals delivered to elderly or disabled SNAP recipients
if the organization providing the meal is authorized to accept EBT cards
Items that cannot be purchased with benefits include:
Prepared hot foods in grocery stores
Any prepared food (hot or cold) sold and meant to be eaten at the store
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
Cleaning products, paper products, toiletries, and cooking utensils
Items for food preservation such as canning jars and lids, freezer containers, or food wrapping paper
Medicines, vitamins or minerals
Items for gardening such as fertilizer and peat moss