SNAP program changes take effect

POSTED: 6:19 PM Oct 01 2012   UPDATED: 11:30 AM Oct 02 2012

Final changes for Virginia's SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, took effect Monday.

The change implemented a staggered benefit payment schedule. The new process will expand the number of times benefits will be issued to four times a month.

The benefit dates will be based on the last digit in the household's case number.

Case numbers ending in zero through 3 will be on the first day of the month.

Numbers ending in 4 or 5 will the fourth day of the month.

Numbers ending in a 6 or 7 will be the seventh of the month, and numbers ending in an 8 or 9 will be on the ninth.