Virginia residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will see a decrease in their monthly benefits beginning Nov. 1.

According to the Virginia Department of Social Services, the decrease is happening because funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the Stimulus Package, are no longer available.

“In November, the April 2009 increase in SNAP benefits resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire based on federal legislation that allowed the provision to sunset,” explained director of Benefit Programs, Thomas Steinhauser.

SNAP benefits were formerly known as Food Stamps.  Most households will see about a 5.4 percent decrease in their SNAP allotments. For a family of four receiving the maximum benefit, the cut will be about $36 a month. The decrease will depend on many factors, including: income, household size, and expenses.

The table below is an idea of what the reduction will be for households with zero income.


A household of 1





$11 Less

A household of 2

$20 Less

A household of 3

$29 Less

A household of 4

$36 Less

A household of 5

$43 Less

A household of 6

$52 Less

A household of 7

$57 Less

A household of 8

$65 Less