Last Updated: 2010-01-01

Food Stamp Benefits

The Food Stamp program is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to alleviate hunger and malnutrition. The program helps low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet. Food stamps are issued through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used in place of cash to buy food as a supplement to the family's food budget. Eligible households purchase their own food in retail stores and prepare their meals at home. The Recovery Act will increase benefits for Richmond's SNAP recipients by an estimated $226,280, as reported by Virginia's Stimulus Website.

As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program.

  • The new name reflects a focus on nutrition and putting healthy food within reach for low income households. Changes have been made to make the Program more accessible.
  • SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
  • Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

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City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 1100
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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