Food and Food Stamps/SNAP
Food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), help people with low or no income buy food. You apply for benefits by completing a state application form and submitting it to Fairfax County's Department of Family Services. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
Learn more about food stamps and also learn how to donate food to food pantries.
1.) Eligibility for Food Stamps
- Before applying for Food Stamps, you are encouraged to complete a preliminary eligibility screening form online
- Eligibility requirements
2.) Applying for Food Stamps
- Apply in person: Pick up an application at any Department of Family Services office Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m and 4:30 p.m. or
- Request an application: Call the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7500, TTY 703-222-9452, or email us at email@example.com, to request an application be mailed to you
- More details about Food Stamps and other public assistance programs
More Food Stamp Information
Department of Agriculture (including
information in Spanish)
- Virginia Department of Social Services
In accordance with federal law and U .S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
Food Pantries, Food Donations and Emergency Food
Call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for food pantry, food bank and food donation information.
Food pantries accept food donations. However, please contact each pantry directly to confirm delivery hours before dropping off a donation.