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Emergency SNAP benefits to be released this month

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month.

Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer cards on Thursday, Sept. 16, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

The emergency allotments raise existing SNAP households’ monthly benefit amount to the maximum allowable based on household size. Maximum allotments range from $234 for a single person to $1,408 for a household of eight (with $176 for each additional person after that).

The enhanced SNAP benefit is made available through a public health emergency declaration that requires government agencies to request an extension of emergency allotment issuances on a month-to-month basis. Accordingly, the status of future emergency allotment benefits will be determined by this monthly approval process.

SNAP participants with questions related to their benefits are...

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