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Virginia SUN Bucks

Virginia SUN Bucks ‐ NEW for 2024

Virginia is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a new program called Virginia SUN Bucks. Through Virginia SUN Bucks, some families will receive extra money to help with the costs of groceries that include fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, dairy and meat at grocery stores, farmers markets and other places that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT benefits.

Each school-age child that meets the program requirements will get a one-time payment of $120. Benefits will be issued either on your family's SNAP EBT card or a pre-loaded Virginia SUN Bucks card that looks just like a debit or credit card and can be used to purchase groceries.

The good news is many families automatically qualify for Virginia SUN Bucks and will not need to take any steps to receive this new benefit.

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Virginia SUN Bucks

Select your child's school division (the county or city that your child goes to school) or the specialty center your child goes to.

If your child is homeschooled, click here.

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One way to be automatically eligible for Virginia SUN Bucks is by already receiving benefits through another eligible program.

Does your household receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or Medicaid based on your income?

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You do not need to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks. You are likely automatically eligible, and no additional action is needed. Virginia SUN Bucks cards will be mailed to eligible households on a rolling bases beginning in August. Learn more.

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That's okay. Let's check your eligibility one more way.

Some families are eligible to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks based on their income. The program has income limits for eligibility so your household income must be under the maximum income limits for your household size. Use the dropdown menu below to view the maximum income limits for Virginia SUN Bucks.

If your income is no more than the below amount, you may be eligible. Apply for Virginia SUN Bucks!

If your income is more than the below amount, you are probably not eligible for Virginian SUN Bucks. Learn more.

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One way to be automatically eligible for Virginia SUN Bucks is by applying for free and reduced-price school meals.

Did your child apply for and receive free or reduced-price school meals at school this year through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)?

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That's okay. Let's check your eligibility another way.

Does your household receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or Medicaid based on your income?

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Let's try one more way.

Some families are eligible to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks just based on their income. The program has income limits for eligibility so your household income must be under the maximum income limits for your household size. Use the dropdown menu below to view the maximum income limits for Virginia SUN Bucks.

If your income is no more than the below amount, you may be eligible. Apply for Virginia SUN Bucks!

If your income is more than the below amount, you are probably not eligible for Virginian SUN Bucks. Learn more.

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If so, you do not need to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks. You are likely automatically eligible based on your application for school meals and no additional action is needed for this new program. Virginia SUN Bucks cards will be mailed to eligible households on a rolling basis beginning in August. If you receive SNAP, benefits will be loaded onto your EBT card. Learn more.

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You do not need to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks. You are likely automatically eligible, and no additional action is needed. If you have a SNAP EBT card, your benefits will be loaded onto that card sometime in August. If not, Virginia SUN Bucks cards will be mailed to eligible households on a rolling bases beginning in August. Learn more.

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