RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will release emergency benefits to participants on Aug. 16, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Social Services. Emergency benefits will be automatically uploaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
The emergency benefits are part of an ongoing effort from the VDSS to assist households in meeting their nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the release, SNAP participants who do not already qualify for maximum monthly benefits are eligible for the emergency benefits. These additional benefits have been provided every month since March but are not guaranteed to continue past this month. The possibility of future emergency benefits will be determined by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.
- Coronavirus update: Richmonders hit the town after rollback of COVID-19 restrictions, others using cautionThe Virginia Department of health reported 280 new cases of COVID-19 for May 16. The state's total number of cases is 670,184. Over 11,000 people have died.
- The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines.
- Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washed up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they're the remains of COVID-19 victims.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday they recommend schools stick to implementing COVID-19 health guidelines through the end of this school year.
- Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can pretty much give up wearing a mask under the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she’s still covering her face, even as the temperature rises in her native Alabama, because of benefits she says […]
- A 76-year-old woman in India, who tested positive for COVID-19, woke up moments before her cremation, according to local media reports in India.
- Recently, thanks to a series of studies, including real-world data, we're getting greater clarity about the potential for fully vaccinated people to spread the vaccine.
- Customers crowd Richmond restaurant Saturday as restrictions ease, staff work to get used to 'the new norm'Fully vaccinated people can go without a face mask in most settings and restaurants can stay open serving alcohol past midnight starting Saturday, May 15 in Virginia.
- COVID-19-related restrictions in Virginia have been eased, and many residents can go about their business much like they did prior to the start of the pandemic.
- With more than half the country at least partially vaccinated, many are eager to venture forth from their homes and travel.