Virginia Welfare Trends

I came across some interesting data on the Virginia Department of Social Services website showing the number of Virginians receiving┬ásocial welfare benefits. I offer the data without commentary. — JAB

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance PrograM (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.



Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Energy Assistance -- heating and cooling

Energy Assistance — heating and cooling

Energy Assistance -- crisis

Energy Assistance — crisis

Hospitalization claims

Hospitalization claims

General relief

General relief

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3 responses to “Virginia Welfare Trends

  1. I wonder if VDSS has the above by county and a map of Virginia, by county showing this data.

    I can attest to the food part. we participate in a food pantry and we see a steady stream of folks down on their luck – many in poor physical health and unable to work at a regular job… many with teeth problems.

    The Food Bank itself is an awesome concept that in part is based on the idea that most foods have “sell by” dates – that are NOT mandated by govt with the exception of baby formula.

    so the food industry itself determines these dates and the stores monitor their inventories so they can calculated how much they have on hand versus how much they expect to sell.. and the Food Bank will get not only stuff gone out of date but stuff not yet out of date but in their estimation – they have more than they will sell and send the surplus to the Food Bank which then distributes to the pantries – for a fee – of 19 cents a pound – to pay for the Food Bank operation. There are 20-30 pantries in the region that work off of the Food Bank… with volunteers taking their own cars and picking up the ordered food.

    The pantry finances the purchases with donations and staffs pantry day with volunteers.

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