Social Services  |  Food Assistance
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Food Assistance (SNAP) is a program that provides benefits to eligible persons for the purchase of eligible food items.

In October 2009, Virginia officially changed the name of the Food Stamp program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. A SNAP account is established for eligible households and automatic deposits are made into the account each month. To access the account, an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card is used, which will debit the account each time eligible food items are purchased. A secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to use the card.

For more information regarding Food Assistance Programs, please visit Virginia Department of Social Services. Apply here.