Food Stamps schedule: Virginia EBT benefits for December and where to get SNAP discounts


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SNAP helps low-income families purchase the food they need to prepare nutritious meals at home. In Virginia, SNAP is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS), with automatic deposits distributed into SNAP accounts each month. SNAP Virginia benefits are sent only three days each month, including December 2022.

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Your Virginia EBT Card can be used to purchase eligible food items from authorized retailers that display either the Quest logo or an image of the Virginia EBT Card. After you swipe your card at checkout and enter your PIN, your receipt will show you the remaining benefits available on your SNAP account.

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Use the USDA’s SNAP Retail Locator to locate nearby SNAP approved retailers. Your Virginia EBT card can also be used online. Select your state here to find participating online retailers.

The USDA has also expanded SNAP eligibility to students who are enrolled at least half-time at an institution of higher education. According to Virginia DSS, students must be eligible to participate in a state or federal funded work study during the regular school year or have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current school year.

How to score EBT discounts

Save money with your Virginia SNAP EBT card. Here are discounts or free services available for SNAP recipients to use in December:

  • Amazon Prime: Virginia SNAP recipients can sign up for an Amazon Prime EBT discount for $6.99 per month, which is half the regular cost of a subscription.
  • Farmers markets: Look for farmers’ markets that offer a “Virginia Fresh Match,” which offers a discount or match for the amount of SNAP benefits you spend.
  • Museums / Zoos / Aquariums: Virginia’s Museums for All initiative gives EBT card holders free or reduced admission to more than 900 museums, aquariums, and zoos nationwide.
  • Restaurant meal program: In Virginia, you can also use your EBT card to purchase hot meals through the Restaurant Meal Program (RMP), which is available to SNAP recipients.

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To check your eligibility or apply for SNAP benefits, you can apply through CommonHelp or fill out an application manually. Select “Application for benefits” under the forms section and return it to your local social services department.

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Benefits are sent on the first, fourth, and seventh of each month based on the last digit of your case number. Benefits are credited at 12:01 a.m. on the selected date, even if that date falls on a weekend or holiday.

Here is the Virginia SNAP filing schedule for December 2022:

The case number ends with:Available benefits:
0-3December 1
4-5Dec 4
6-9Dec. 7
Source: Providers

SNAP recipients will also receive another big payment in December that includes a 12.5% ​​cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) approved for 2023. The 2023 COLA will run through September 30, 2023, which will help SNAP recipients deal with rising food costs.

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