VRF seeks to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, State, and Federal levels.


For our members who accept SNAP:

March SNAP benefits will be issued to all participants on March 1, and not on the usual staggered schedule. This means that businesses who accept SNAP will most likely see a high volume of SNAP participants at their stores on March 1.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is doing this to shorten the length of time between the issuance of February and March benefits because February benefits were not issued until mid-January due to the government shutdown.


Virginia Retail by the Numbers


Jobs Supported by Retail

Retail Establishments
$63.5 (b)
Total GDP Impact
Direct Retail Employment
$20,545 (m)
Direct Labor Income
$30,927 (m) 
Direct Impact on GDP


source: National Retail Federation



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