FACT SHEET: Increase SNAP Minimum Benefit for Seniors

Monday, January 30th, 2023

Senate Item 341 #1s & House Item 346 #2h | NGF $1.1M; GF $20.4  

Increase the minimum amount of SNAP benefits available to eligible individuals 60+ years of age from $23 to $48/month. This will help to offset the impact of the end of pandemic-related SNAP allotments and the impact of escalating food prices for Virginia’s most vulnerable residents.

  • Since March 2020, individuals receiving SNAP have received an “emergency allotment” – meaning they received the maximum SNAP allowance. This greatly increased the benefits received by many seniors, especially those only eligible for about the minimum of $23/month. 
  • Emergency allotments will end as of March 2023. Many seniors will see a drastic drop in their access to food.  
  • In 2022, food prices at home increased by 11.8%.i Many seniors live on fixed incomes and are unable to keep up with these costs in addition to other increases, such as housing expenses.
  • Every dollar in SNAP spent can increase GDP by $1.54.ii  

More Information: Emily Hardy • emily@vplc.org • (804) 588-2089 | Sara Cariano • sara@vplc.org • (804) 332 -1432 

Members of the Senate Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, part of the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee: 

 Senator Howell district32@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator Hanger district24@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator Vogel district27@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator Barker district39@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator Deeds district25@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator Ebbin district30@senate.virginia.gov 

Senator McClellan district09@senate.virginia.gov 

Members of the House Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, part of the House Appropriations Committee: 

Delegate Fariss            DelMFariss@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Brewer          DelEBrewer@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Hodges         DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Coyner          DelCCoyner@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Wampler      DelWWampler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Sickles           DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Carr               DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Rasoul          DelSRasoul@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Knight           DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov

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One Comment

  1. Julia Funaki says:

    As a constitutent of Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Karen Delaney I request that you please support increasing SNAP benefits for seniors.

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