PRESS RELEASE: Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator
The mobile-friendly calculator shows a person’s eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and an estimate of benefits they could receive.

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) has released a new SNAP eligibility calculator that shows whether a person may be eligible for SNAP benefits and if so, how much they could potentially receive.

The state-of-the-art tool was created in response to the state’s CommonHelp website, which is currently not mobile-friendly and complex to use. VPLC’s new SNAP eligibility calculator is mobile-friendly — an essential feature for the many Virginians without broadband access. The new calculator is also user-friendly and intuitive, asking only necessary questions based on previous responses and providing explanations around why a person might have been rejected that are easy to understand.

“During any crisis, our main concern is how to feed our family,” said Salaam Bhatti, Virginia Poverty Law Center’s public benefits staff attorney. “With this calculator, our neighbors statewide can visit this mobile-friendly, easy-to-use tool to quickly see if they’re eligible for SNAP and how much benefits they could receive.”

After a person fills out the new calculator, they have the option of contacting VPLC to receive help with their SNAP application or going to CommonHelp and using their application.

The SNAP eligibility calculator can be accessed through VPLC’s website:


Salaam Bhatti, Public Benefits Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center
(804) 351-5265

Monica Lauw, Communications Director, Virginia Poverty Law Center
(804) 351-5262

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