Portsmouth, Virginia (WAVY) – On Friday, the Virginia Department of Social Services announced that later this month they will issue emergency payments to families eligible for benefits.
Officials say the benefits will be automatically uploaded to e-benefit recipient (EBT) cards on Wednesday, March 16th. However, emergency benefits are only available to current SNAP households and do not apply to EBT recipients in a pandemic.
Emergency allocations increase the amount of monthly assistance to existing SNAP families to the maximum allowed depending on the size of each household as follows:
Social services note that these benefits are only available through the Declaration of Emergencies in Public Health, which requires renewal from month to month.
For more information on SNAP, how to apply and other assistance programs, visit dss.virginia.gov/benefit/.