Americans will receive emergency food stamps in Virginia tomorrow after the benefits were extended.
More than 300,000 people in the state need assistance. According to WAVY, the Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will begin sending benefits to households on February 16.
Food stamps will be loaded onto Americans’ electronic benefit transfer cards automatically.
Virginians can apply for the benefits through the Department of Social Services’ online portal.
Virginia isn’t the only state that helps people who are struggling financially.
Governor Kathy Hochul of New York announced last week that supplemental allotment recipients will receive an additional boost.
Food stamps are available to about 1.6 million New Yorkers, and more than $2.5 billion in supplemental benefits were distributed last year.
The additional assistance is intended for homes that do not receive the maximum SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefit, which means that some families will receive $95.
Outside of New York City, SNAP-eligible Americans should receive their benefits between now and February 17.
According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, those living in the NYC area should get their food stamps between now and February 25.
The Covid pandemic, according to Hochul, is continuing to “exacerbate” food insecurity.
This month, a total of two dozen states have extended emergency food aid.
Food stamps have been extended in Pennsylvania, benefiting approximately a million people.
SNAP assistance will continue to be delivered to around 250,000 households in Kentucky. This month, 1.6 million North Carolinians who are qualified will continue to receive emergency assistance.
More than 300,000 households in South Carolina are receiving benefits, and food stamps worth more than $326 million have been extended in Texas.
SNAP is used by about 42 million Americans to help them buy groceries.
In October, the benefits were increased by $36 per person, bringing the total to $157 per month.
The US Department of Agriculture released improved dietary guidelines for its Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), which increased the average amount of SNAP benefits received before the pandemic.
The amount received by applicants is determined by the state in which they reside as well as the size of their household.
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SNAP recipients are expected to spend roughly 30% of their income on food.