SNAP is the largest, federally-funded anti-hunger program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by state agencies. In Virginia, the Department of Social Services administers SNAP.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides low-income households with a monthly Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used, like a debit card, to buy food at most grocery stores and other food retailers, including some farmers markets.
SNAP Participation: Fiscal Year 2014
In Fiscal Year 2014, SNAP reached:
(11% of the state population)
The majority of SNAP recipients in Virginia are children, elderly, or disabled.
- Adults living with children
- Nondisabled, non-elderly adults not living with children
- Disabled adults
Benefits of SNAP
The program reached over 785,000 state residents in 2020. To view monthly reports on SNAP participation in Virginia, click here.
In addition to helping families and individuals put food on their tables, SNAP helps generate economic growth. Research shows that every dollar of SNAP benefits spent in the community generates $1.79 in local economic activity.
Children in SNAP households also receive free school meals.