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Food Stamp Changes

Tomorrow, food stamps will officially be called SNAPs–supplemental nutrition assistance program. People getting the benefits do not need to reapply. They may, however, notice a change in the amount of help they receive. Virginia Department of Social Services says some benefits will go up; others will increase because of some changes to the program. For specifics, contact your local DSS:

Caroline County: 804/633-5071

Fredericksburg: 540/372-1032

King George: 540/775-7181

Spotsylvania: 540/507-7898

Stafford: 540/658-8720