RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY / AP) – Starting October 1, average grocery brand benefits – officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – will increase for recipients across the Commonwealth.
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The permanent increase in performance is the largest single increase in the history of the program. Average grocery brand benefits will increase more than 25% above pre-pandemic levels.
“Nobody in Virginia should ever go hungry. This long overdue change to the Thrifty Food Plan means over 760,000 Virginians can better afford nutritious meals, said VDSS Commissioner S. Duke Storen. “Food insecurity has reached dire levels during the pandemic, and every opportunity to provide meals and more financial resources to low-income families must be seized. The USDA has done its part to increase SNAP benefits, and now we must all work together to ensure that every eligible household participates in SNAP and that we are implementing all of the Commonwealth’s strategies Roadmap to Ending Hunger. ”
The increase follows a recent update of the Economical nutrition plan US Department of Agriculture (USDA) methodology. This is the first increase since 1975.
From October 1st, the following new income limits will apply:
Previously officials approved emergency allocations of benefits to eligible families. The benefits were automatically loaded onto the recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.
If you have any questions, you should contact his local social welfare office or visit CommonHelp at commonhelp.virginia.gov to access account information. For more information on SNAP, how to apply, and other utilities, please visit dss.virginia.gov/benefit/.
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