A big increase in extra food stamp benefits worth up to $1,504 will be sent to Americans in need in a matter of days. Additional food stamp benefits will be available to recipients in the state of Virginia after the state Department of Social Services announced it will provide emergency funds to eligible families this month.
On Wednesday, the department said benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Sunday, January 16.
More than 41.5 million people trust SNAP to put food on their tables, providing benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families.
It comes as additional food stamps worth up to $157 are also being sent to residents in six states.
When can you expect the benefits?
More than 41.5 million people trust SNAP to put food on their tables, providing benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families. Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your status.
You must apply for SNAP in the state where you live. Each state has a different application form and process, and as such, each state has a different date to deposit SNAP benefits into eligible accounts. You can find authorized stores that accept food stamps on the Department of Agriculture’s SNAP Retail Locator Tool.
States, which run SNAP programs, want to make sure you still need help and will often ask for pay stubs or income statements. If you don’t recertify your food stamps on time but are still eligible, you risk having your benefits cut off.
If you are found eligible, you will receive a notice telling you how long you will receive SNAP benefits. This is called your certification period. Before your certification period ends, you will receive another notice indicating that you must recertify to continue receiving benefits. Your local SNAP office will provide you with information on how to recertify.