By MELINDA WILLIAMS
RICHMOND – Virginia is among eight states selected to receive a $1.7 million “High Performance Bonus” for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
This is the third consecutive year U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Virginia’s program to receive a bonus. Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) plans to reinvest the funds in SNAP “to continue to enhance program performance, bolster training and automation, and streamline local administration of the program,” states a press release from McAuliffe’s office.
Virginia has the lowest payment error rate (.44 percent) in the country, according to McAuliffe. The bonus is presented to states with the best and most improved program access and timely processing of applications.
More than 908,000 Virginians receive SNAP assistance, with one in 10 dependant on the program for “basic subsistence needs.” During the 2013 fiscal year, Virginia issued $1.4 billion in SNAP benefits.