SNAP, Virginia's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formally called Food Stamps, is sometimes the last line of defense for 1 out of 8 Virginians in the fight against hunger.
But with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Stimulus Package) of 2009 coming to an end, Virginia will have to do some belt-tightening, much to the determent of those who need food assistance. The director of Benefit Programs, Thomas Steinhauser explained,
“For a family of four receiving the maximum benefit, the cut will be $36 per month. For many households this cut will be significant.”
The Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) says most families will see a 5.6 percent decrease in their monthly SNAP benefits. As an example, a household of one person could see an $11 decrease, while a family of four would see a decrease of $36.
The latest figures on the number of people participating in the Virginia SNAP program shows that as of July, 2013, 944,657 people were using SNAP benefits, an increase of 2.7 percent from the month of June, 2013.