Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Capital Area Food Bank provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach throughout the entire Washington metro area. The food bank’s outreach team assists individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits. Once eligible community members are approved for these benefits, they are able to shop at grocery stores or retailers that accept SNAP payment. The food bank encourages shoppers to purchase healthy and nutritious food for themselves and their families.

During the community outreach process, the food bank’s team outreach worker will educate individuals in the community about the SNAP application process, including the benefits of the program, eligibility guidelines, and requirements. The outreach worker will also pre-screen potential SNAP clients. Once the client is deemed eligible for the program the outreach worker will help complete the application process and ensure that community members have all necessary supporting documents before turning in the application.

If you, or someone you know is interested, please contact the food bank team today to assist you.

Income Eligibility

Income: MOST households must meet a GROSS monthly income limit (income before taxes or expenses are taken out). Gross limit does not apply to senior citizens (age 60 or over) or those with a disability. After expenses such as housing costs, utilities, child care and others are considered, every household must meet an additional income limit.

Household size Virginia
GROSS Monthly Income
GROSS Monthly Income
GROSS Monthly Income
1 $1,265 $1,946 $1,702
2 $1,705 $2,622 $2,294
3 $2,144 $3,300 $2,886
4 $2,584 $3,976 $3,478
5 $3,024 $4,652 $4,070
6 $3,464 $5,330 $4,662
7 $3,904 $6,006 $5,254
8 $4,344 $6,682 $5,846
Each additional
+ $440 + $678 + $592
(VA:September 30, 2014-September 30, 2015; DC: October 1, 2014 – October 1, 2015; MD: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015)

Resources: In Virginia, most households can have no more than $2,000 in resources (cash, bank account, etc.). Seniors and those with a disability can have up to $3,250. Maryland and D.C. households may not have resource limits.

Residency: Most adult applicants must have lawful permanent residency status for at least 5 years or U.S. citizenship in order to be eligible. However children do not have to wait 5 years and may still be eligible to receive SNAP even if their parents are not.