- Provides financial assistance to households with low income to buy food.
- Benefits are provided through the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card that can be used at any retail store or food vendor authorized by the USDA.
- The EBT debit card is credited monthly with the food stamp benefit, which is based on income and household size.
- An application with name, signature and date starts the application process. Contact information is also necessary.
- Food Stamps information line: 703-228-1324
- Arlington Resident
- U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant
- Social security number for all eligible household members or proof of application before certification
- A face-to-face interview may be required,however a phone interview in most situations is adequate
- Resource levels $2,250/elderly, disabled $3,250
Household Monthly Income Limits
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Gross Income|
|Each Additional||+ $451|
Separate income limits apply to households with a member over 60 years of age or who is disabled.
Household Monthly Income Limits (over 60 or disabled)
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Net Income|
|Each Additional||+ $347|
How to Apply
Apply in person or via mail to:
Bureau of Assistance Programs
2100 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor
Arlington, VA 22204
- Complete Department of Social Services Application for Benefits
- Verification of citizenship or eligible immigrant status
- Proof of identity
- Verification of residency
- Verification of all household income
- Verification of household assets
- Social Security number or proof of application for all members in household
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and local social services offices, in accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or political beliefs. The VDSS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) works to ensure civil rights by:
- Upholding equal access and opportunity to participate in social service programs
- Investigating allegations of discrimination
- Conducting compliance reviews of local socials service offices
- Providing guidelines and resources to both the general public and to VDSS local offices
Guidance & Procedures