supplemental nutrition assistance programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, or SNAP, generally apply to a whole household, but there are some exceptions for families who have a member who is elderly or disabled. 

According to Virginia Navigator, a person may be considered disabled for SNAP purposes if he or she:

  • Receives Federal disability or blindness payments under the Social Security Act, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability or blindness payments; or

  • Receives State disability or blindness payments based on SSI rules; or

  • Receives a disability retirement benefit from a governmental agency because of a disability considered permanent under the Social Security Act; or

  • Receives an annuity under the Railroad Retirement Act and is eligible for Medicare or is considered to be disabled based on the SSI rules; or

  • Is a veteran who is totally disabled, permanently housebound, or in need of regular aid and attendance; or

  • Is a surviving spouse or child of a veteran who is receiving VA benefits and is considered to be permanently disabled.

To apply for SNAP benefits, you will need to contact your local Department of Social Services. You can also apply for SNAP benefits here

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