WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- You may have noticed the grocery lines get really long at the beginning of the month. That's about to change in Virginia, thanks to a change in the state's schedule for issuing food stamps.
Currently, the Department of Social Services issues monthly "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" benefits at the first of every month. They go out to about 440,000 households in the Commonwealth.
In October, the department will move to a staggered schedule.Food stamps will be issued on the first, fourth, seventh and ninth day of the month.