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Cuts Being Made to Virginia SNAP Payments

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Virginia families who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, will soon have to make do with less.

Starting on Nov. 1, the payments sent out every month will be cut by 5.4 percent.

How much that will actually impact every family will depend on income, household size, and expenses.

Experts estimate for a family of four, the change means you'll see about $35 to $40 less a month from now on.

The cuts will happen because funding from the stimulus package, which was passed in 2009, are no longer available.

The following table will give you an idea of what the reduction might be if your household has no income:

A household of 1





MAY GET
 

$11 Less

A household of 2

$20 Less

A household of 3

$29 Less

A household of 4

$36 Less

A household of 5

$43 Less

A household of 6

$52 Less

A household of 7

$57 Less

A household of 8

$65 Less

For more information about this change, SNAP clients can visit the Virginia Department of Social Services's web site at http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/snap.cgi and click on Benefit Changes–October/November 2013, or clients can call the Virginia Department of Social Services at 1-800-552-3431. 

For food assistance, SNAP clients can dial 2-1-1 VIRGINIA.