On West Virginia Morning, Health reporter Kara Lofton reports on changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.
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The West Virginia Department for Health and Human Resources announced a change today (Monday) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of January 1, 2016, able-bodied adults without dependents in nine West Virginia counties must meet a work or education requirement in order to continue receiving SNAP benefits.
To avoid losing their benefits, SNAP recipients ages 18-49 with no dependent children need to either work or be in an educational program for 20 hours a week, every week.
A new report says West Virginia is one of seven states to see an increase in the number of residents receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The report by the nonprofit Food and Research Action Center says 362,133 West Virginians received benefits from the program in February. That's up nearly two-and-a-half percent from January and three-and-a-half percent from February 2013.