The specialty grocery store joins Kroger, Food Lion, the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, the Roanoke City Farmer’s Market and the West End Community Market, all of which accept SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits.
According to data from the U.S Department of Agriculture, 46.7 million people used SNAP in 2012, up from 19 million in 2002. In Virginia, 933,462 people received the benefit as of October 2012. That’s up from 896,420 a year earlier. (Click here to see a list of participation by state.)
The average monthly benefit per Virginian was $128 in 2012, up from $93.26 in 2008.(Click here to see a list of state averages.)
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase most foods, but not alcohol, cigarettes, toiletries, vitamins, medicine, pet food, household items, hot food or food eaten in a store. Click here to see a list of eligible items.