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Virginia is changing the way it distributes SNAP benefits

The program was formerly known as food stamps.

August 01, 2012|WDBJ7 Web Staff

ROANOKE, Va. — A state program commonly known as food stamps is changing the way it distributes benefits.

Instead of giving out benefits on the first of the month, the Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will give out benefits three additional days -- the fourth, seventh, and ninth days of the month.

The Virginia Department of Social Services says the change is being made so retailers will have more time to re-stock their shelves.

The new date for when benefits will be distributed will be determined by the last digit on the household's case number, according to a news release from the City of Roanoke.


Recipients will notice a change in September, and the program will be completely changed in October.

As of June 30 in the City of Roanoke, 12,432 households with 24,756 residents received SNAP benefits.

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