The Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to be available to people throughout the Commonwealth until April 2022.
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), which administers this program, issued this announcement exactly one week before April 16, 2022, which is the date on which benefits are loaded onto the cards of SNAP recipients.
Toni Blue Washington, the Director, made the initial request to grant emergency allotments (Supplements to SNAP households) on March 23, 2020, and the proposal was approved on April 1, 2020.
A total of 330,236 families were expected to be receiving emergency allotment benefits at the time of the first request to grant emergency allotments, with a total of $ 38 million in emergency allotment benefits being issued in a single month.
The emergency allotment request for April details the number of families getting emergency allocation benefits, which has increased from the original request to 423,000, according to the request.
In addition, the total amount of emergency allocation payments distributed each month has reached $ 80 million. Increased funding is more than double the amount requested in the original request.
SNAP The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which goes by the abbreviation SNAP, is the first line of defense against hunger for the people of Virginia.
Using coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards makes it possible for low-income families to purchase nutritious food. Spending SNAP payments on qualified food in authorized retail food establishments is the preferred method of distribution.
These benefit extensions are related to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been made possible in part by the designation of a public health emergency. Each month, requests for extensions must be accepted and submitted.
Each month, families of one receive $250 in SNAP financial assistance, while families of two receive $459 in assistance. Families of three and four receive $658 and $835, respectively, in government assistance.
A household of five receives $992 per month, while a family of six receives $1,1190 per month. According to the maximum SNAP Allotments for 48 States and D.C. table,
a household of 8 persons will receive $1,504 in SNAP benefits, with each additional person receiving an additional $188 in food stamp payments for each member in the home.
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), which is the agency in charge of the SNAP program, issues the following statement on its website regarding the VDSS:
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“With approximately 2,000 state employees, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), one of the Commonwealth’s largest government agencies, proudly serves alongside more than 10,000 employees from more than 120 local departments of social services and community action agencies in providing critical social services to Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens.
The Virginia Department of Social Services is devoted to ensuring that Virginians have access to high-quality human services and resources that will improve their individual and collective well-being and enable them to build great futures for themselves, their families, and their community.
It offers a diverse range of services and resources in a variety of sectors, including food and energy assistance, foster care and adoption, child support, and the prevention of abuse and neglect, among others. DSSS.Virginia.gov has more information on this topic.”