The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps," can be used like cash to buy food from authorized retailers. Recipients will 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.
- Apply to become a SNAP retailer.
- Find out if you are eligible for SNAP.
- Read more information about work requirements , items that can and cannot be purchased, forms and more.
- Apply online, over the phone (1-855-635-4370), or visit one of our locations.
- Manage your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card on your computer or cell phone.
Food Benefits for School Aged Children During the Pandemic
When school was in session before COVID-19, many students depended on the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program for nutritious meals. Due to the pandemic, children no longer have access to that food at school, but through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), they can receive food benefits through a program called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT. To be eligible for P-EBT, the household must include a student who was participating in the free or reduced priced meals program on or after Monday, March 16, 2020. Immigration status, household income, age of the child, or grade level have no bearing on eligibility - the only requirement to be eligible for the program is that you must have a child enrolled in the free or reduced price meal program. We’ve posted helpful information about P-EBT online. You can also call 804-726-7000.