The Virginia Department of Social Services is responsible for the state food stamp program within the state of Virginia. This program is part of SNAP and was once known only as the Food Stamp Program. These agencies are used to help support families during their financial hardships and ensure that they are able to have food to eat on a regular basis. The food stamp programs are beneficial to those who are low income families and need to have healthy food to provide to those in their household. Every month, individuals receive benefits on their EBT card. Anyone can apply, though the program is designed to help those who need it the most based on their eligibility requirements. You can learn more about the program and your possible eligibility by visiting the Virginia Department of Social Services.
There are restrictions on who can apply for food stamp benefits within Virginia, and as a result, it is recommended that you should use the pre-screening tool available before you apply.If you are not working or if you are working and have a low income job, you may be able to apply. Persons who are living together and buy food together can be eligible, but household members do not have to be related to each other in any way to be considered a household. You can apply though benefits by using the federal site for Virginia linked on this page. The site has a self-assessment tool that helps you to find out if you are qualified for benefits. You will provide general personal information, address, residency, income, social security, and asset information. You can use the resource link to find printable versions of what you need to take to an office if you do not want to apply online. Afterward, you will receive an eligibility interview to gauge your needs.
If you make over $2000 per month and you have four or less people in your household, you may not be eligible for benefits. However, this varies on a case by case basis. If you are currently on strike from work or you are not a citizen, you will not be allowed to have benefits. This is why it is important to use the screening tool before you apply. Individuals who have aid such as SSI or TANF are still eligible to receive food stamps. When you have received an approval letter, you will be granted an EBT card and you will be able to use your benefits at any vendor offering support for SNAP.
For more information about accessing SNAP benefits in Virginia Beach, Virginia you can use the following contact information. The application for SNAP can be downloaded online, filled out and mailed to the local SNAP office for processing.
Helpful Links and Phone Numbers
Department of Social Services - http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/foodstamp.cgi
Screening - https://jupiter.dss.state.va.us/EligibilityScreening/
Office Locations - http://www.dss.virginia.gov/localagency/index.html
Directory - http://www.dss.virginia.gov/localagency/index.html
Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
Robert R. Morin, Jr., Director
3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-4420 (757) 437-3200 (757) 437-3466 (FAX)