Food stamps are a government benefit provided to low-income or disabled people that helps them buy food for little to no cost. The name of the program was changed in October 2009 to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, SNAP. To qualify, you must be disabled or have low income. To apply, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services, DSS.
Access the Virginia DSS website to download and print the SNAP application (see Resources).
Return the SNAP application form to your local DSS office (see Resources) or call 800-552-3431. Be as accurate as possible on your application. A caseworker will then conduct an interview, unless you qualify for a waiver. Await a decision. If you are approved, you will receive written notification in the mail with your SNAP card, which has replaced food stamps.
Purchase a small quantity of food with the card to ensure it is operational. It will work similar to a debit card.