SNAP benefits will be released early. Here’s why

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(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

For the month of March only, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients will receive benefits on March 1, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services.

SNAP will suspend its usual staggered issuance and release benefits to all recipients, including individuals who typically receive benefits between the 4th and 7th of each month.

Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT cards.

“This change is intended to help close the gap for clients who have been stretching benefits since mid-January as a result of the early release of February benefits during the partial federal government shutdown,” said Virginia Department of Social Services Director of Benefit Programs Toni Blue Washington. “We understand the challenges individuals and families have been facing, and want to ensure Virginians who rely on SNAP benefits are provided some relief.”

SNAP recipients with questions related to their benefits are encouraged to contact the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 855-635-4370 or their local department of social services.

Click here for Virginia Beach’s SNAP Benefits page.

Click here for Norfolk’s SNAP Benefits page.

For additional resources, recipients may call 211 or visit www.211virginia.org.

The SNAP program will resume its normal staggered issuance benefits schedule in April, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services.

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