Got VA food stamps? If you’re receiving Virginia food stamps, you’ll be glad to know that your card can do so much more than just buy groceries. You can use it to get discounted admission to museums and as proof of eligibility for other programs. You can’t afford to miss this!
7 Things You Need to Know about Virginia Food Stamps
At Low Income Relief, we write extensively about food stamps. Our goal is to help low income people save money and get free stuff. We have a lot of content that can help you if you have VA food stamps!
- Apply for VA food stamps online. I’ve had many people tell me that the only reason they don’t have food stamps is because they’re too embarrassed to go into the office. You can apply online and skip the lines!
- You can buy fruit trees. It’s true! You can buy much more than just groceries. You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your VA food stamps card! You can also buy certain gift baskets and birthday cakes. Here are some other surprising things you can buy with food stamps.
- Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
- You may be eligible for more food stamps. We’ve cracked the code on how the food stamps office determines your monthly food stamps allotment… and we’ve discovered ways that you can increase your monthly balance! Learn the trick that 90% of people don’t know about.
- You can get cash back (it’s legal)! With smart shopping techniques, you can put cash back in your pocket when you shop with EBT. Here’s how.
- You can shop at many places. Some retailers, such as Farmer’s Markets, often offer double-up programs where you can get twice as much food as you pay for. Bulk retailers like Costco also accept food stamps. Here’s a list of places that accept EBT.
- You can use your EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you can also get EBT discounts in other states. All of our state lists use green titles to indicate what venues accept out-of-state EBT cards for discounts.
Got a VA food stamps card? Get FREE stuff and discounts on services!
We’ve found loads of discounts that you can get with a VA food stamps card! For admission discounts, be sure to check the list at the end of this article!
50% off Amazon Prime
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! Amazon Prime includes FREE two-day shipping and FREE streaming access to thousands of titles. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
Free Cell Phones & Service
Cell phones and service are available FREE for individuals and families who receive EBT benefits.
Internet for just $5 per month?! We’ve found a series of low income Internet discounts from providers like Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Cox Communications and more! Click here to learn how to get discounted Internet services!
Computers and laptops may be available free or cheap to Alabama food stamps recipients. These programs donate gently used and refurbished machines to low income individuals and families who need them.
At Low Income Relief, our goal is to help everyone with Virginia EBT save money and get free stuff. If you’ve got VA food stamps, you may also be eligible for these programs:
- Legal aid
- Prescription discounts
- Student loan assistance ($0 per month payments!)
- Summer meals (free, for kids ages 18 and under)
- Tax filing assistance
- Utility assistance (electric bills, etc)
- Veterinary care grants, free pet food and more
And YMCA organizations typically offer discounts for low income individuals and families. Contact your local YMCA for details.
You may also qualify for this!
Capital Bikeshare discounts are available for low income ARLINGTON residents only. If you sign up with one of these Community Partners, you can pay just $5 per YEAR for unlimited rides, a free Capital Bikeshare helmet and complimentary City Cycling classes!
Get discounted admission with your VA food stamps!
For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We also use green titles to distinguish museums that accept EBT cards from all 50 states.
It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your VA food stamps card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum – $3 or less per person
This Smithsonian Institution showcases the story of early country music recordings known as the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Johnny Cash once said that those recordings were “the single most important event in the history of country music.”
Monticello is the historic estate of Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers. The estate includes the Monticello house, farm and gardens, and more. Monticello is listed a Museums for All member and so offers an EBT discount, but I couldn’t find the discounted rate on their website yet.
Wonder Universe – $3 per Adult, Children FREE
Since 2014, the Blacksburg Children’s Museum has grown and expanded with new exhibits and areas! In it’s new home and renamed the Wonder Universe, exhibits include a theater, market, building area, microscope area, train station and more!
Danville Science Center – $2 per adult, $1 per youth/senior
The Danville Science Center offers a great Museums for All discount.They charge just $2 per adult and $1 per youth or senior.
In addition to offering discounted admission, they also offer a discounted price for their Dome Shows! If you have an EBT card, you can enjoy a Dome Show for just $1 per person instead of the standard $5-$6 charge. You can see the Dome Theater Showtimes on their website.
And a $20 Museums for All membership gives your family (2 adults and all children in the household under 18) “365 days to come back again and again to discover history trapped in ice, plunge to the depths of the ocean, act like a hamster, and turn mechanical energy into electric energy, create something new, explore the cosmos, and more!”
Explore More Discovery Museum – $2 per person
Explore More Discovery Museum creates a world of wonder for young children. Many interactive, multi-sensory learning exhibits include a kitchen, farmer’s market, construction zone, medical center, TV studio, science lab, vehicle service center, theater, farm, art studio, dental office, imagination zone and more.
George Mason’s Gunston Hall – FREE
Gunston Hall celebrates the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the democratic ideals penned by George Mason in 1776. Programs, special events and community events happen here. Complimentary admission for EBT card holders is available only on regular admission days.
Amazement Square – $3 per person
If I lived in Virginia, I’d want to live near Amazement Square. If it’s half as good as it seems on the website, it’s worth visiting again and again.
Amazement Square’s nine galleries sprawl across four floors. Exhibits include ‘Amazement Tower,’ ‘Shipwreck Cove,’ Voltageville’ and ‘Once Upon a Building.’
Admission is just $3 per person through the Museums for All program. There is a limit of four discounts per EBT card.
Virginia Museum of Natural History – FREE
This Museums for All partner features a collection of permanent exhibits and some traveling ones. Permanent exhibits include Exploring Virginia, the Ice Age, Hall of Ancient Life and Discovery Reef. Thanks to a special partnership, Museums for All membership is free through April 2022.
National Sporting Library & Museum – FREE
This Museum celebrates the “rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits” including angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching and wildlife.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon – $2 per person
George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is now a participant in Museums for All! You can explore this historic wonderland for just $2 per person, up to four people per EBT card. The offer cannot be redeemed online. The estate spans approximately 500 acres and is open 365 days per year.
Mariner’s Museum and Park – $1 per person
The Mariner’s Museum and Park features several sea-centered exhibits, including a ship model gallery. They also feature collections, catalogs, photographs and a library. The park and trail is always free to the public.
Nauticus – $3 per person
Downtown Norfolk’s maritime discovery center, Nauticus, is home to the largest and last-ever battleship built by the US Navy (the Battleship Wisconsin). When you purchase admission to Nauticus, you can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the Battleship!
Norfolk Botanical Garden – $3 per person
The gardens sprawl over 175 beautiful acres. Wander across 7 miles of paved paths and another 7 miles of unpaved trails. The gardens include a three acre Children’s Garden. You can wander the garden by foot, boat or tram.
Children’s Museum of Virginia – $3 per person
This museum offers a floor-by-floor guide on their website! From what I can tell, it’s tons of fun! With train exhibits, a working port and bubbles bigger than the children, there is something that every child can enjoy.
As a Museums for All partner, the Children’s Museum of Virginia charges $3 or less per person for up to four people per EBT card. I’ve reached out to the museum for an exact admission rate and I’ll update this when I receive more information.
Agecroft Hall and Gardens – $3 or less per person
The original manor house was built in the 16th century, and was originally located in Lancashire, England. In the 1920s, Mr. Thomas C. Williams Jr. of Virginia, purchased Agecroft Hall, had the manor house dismantled, crated, and transported across the Atlantic, then reconstructed in Richmond.
Visit to celebrate the unique history of Agecroft Hall from its roots in Tudor and early Stuart England through its evolution to a 20th century American country house.
American Civil War Museum – $3 or less per person
The American Civil War Museum presents the history of the Civil War from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.
Children’s Museum of Richmond – $2 per person
Through Museums for All, guests who receive EBT or WIC can receive $2 admission for up to four people!
Scholarship memberships may also be available to families who earn less than $35,000 per year. To receive a scholarship membership, you will need to fill out the application and submit the first page of your most recent tax return. You’ll find the application on the Children’s Museum of Richmond website.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – $1 per person
Voted the #4 public garden in North America by USA Today, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features gardens, exhibits and events. For example, until September 2019, the garden has an outdoor art exhibition including LEGO bricks!
Maymont – $3 or less per person
Maymont is a 100-acre historic estate and park featuring gardens, wildlife habitats, friendly livestock, nature centers, a mansion and more.
The Poe Museum – $3 per person
The Edgar Allan Poe Museum boasts the largest collection of Poe artifacts and memorabilia in the world. It includes Poe’s boyhood bed, a lock of his hair, some of his clothing and more.
Science Museum of Virginia – $2 for adults, $1 for youth/senior
Explore the exhibits, including live science shows and labs, for just $2 per adult and $1 per youth or senior! If you’d like to see a dome show, you’ll need to pay an extra $3 per person.
The Valentine – FREE
Show your VA food stamps card and receive FREE one-day admission for up to four people! Your admission includes access to the Valentine exhibition galleries, the Edward V. Valentine sculpture studio and a guided tour of the 1812 Wickham House.
Virginia Museum of History & Culture – FREE
If you have a food stamps card, you can get free admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. This museum hosts award-winning exhibitions on the history of Virginia.
Wilton House Museum – FREE
Built in 1753 for William Randolph, Wilton was the centerpiece of a 2,000 acre tobacco plantation and at one point was home to the largest enslaved population in Henrico. The aim of the Wilton is, “To increase public understanding of life in Virginia since the 18th century, the paradox of hardship amid elegance, and how the past continues to shape life in America today.”
Science Center of Western Virginia – $3 or less per person
The Science Center of Western Virginia encourages guests to use their own creativity to participate in interactive exhibits. They want you to move, touch, build, create and learn.
Taubman Museum of Art – FREE
The Tabuman Museum of Art is housed in a stunning architectural masterpiece. Inside, you’ll discover 11 galleries with 15-20 exhibitions per year. There is also a delightful permanent collection and creative activities for children under the age of 17.
NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility Visitor Center – $3 or less per person
The Wallops Island Flight Facility provides a launch viewing area as well.
Menokin – FREE
Menokin, also known as the Francis Lightfoot Lee House, was the plantation of Francis Lightfoot Lee, one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence.
Colonial Williamsburg – $3 per person
Colonial Williamsburg is the largest and best-known outdoor living museum in the country. It provides authentic 18th-century experiences and programming, and features 88 historic buildings. Colonial Williamsburg now has an EBT discount!
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley – $3 or less per person
The mission of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is to preserve and enrich the cultural life and heritage of the Valley.
The MSV offers free general admission for EBT cardholders (show EBT card and photo ID at front desk). Valid for up to four family members.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – $2 per person
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum features interactive, family-centered exhibits that encourage learning through play. You can bring up to four people for just $2 per person!