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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families announced in a news release Tuesday that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, may be eligible for two waivers from the federal government.

New SNAP Rule Could Hit Ohio Valley Hardest

Dec 6, 2019
Food is ready for loading and distribution the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia..
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates almost 700,000 people across the country will lose food stamps in a new Trump Administration rule announced Wednesday. Regional anti-hunger advocates and policy analysts say the Ohio Valley — and Appalachia in particular — could be disproportionately affected by this rule.

How a Proposed SNAP Eligibility Revision Could Affect Ohio Valley Recipients

Jul 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week a proposal to tighten the rules on who qualifies for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA estimates more than three million people across the country would lose SNAP benefits in an effort to prevent fraud. Anti-hunger advocates in the Ohio Valley say the more than two million people in the region who use the benefits would be impacted.

The Trump administration wants to change the way states determine who qualifies for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits, also known as food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 3 million people would lose their food assistance as a result.

Food Aid A Concern As Government Shutdown Affects SNAP Payments

Jan 24, 2019
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The partial shutdown of the federal government is affecting families depending on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, or SNAP. Benefits for February have come early as a temporary fix to avoid anticipated disruptions should the shutdown drag into another month.

But the leader of God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Kentucky, said the threat of hunger remains. 

West Virginia GOP Largely Accurate About Food Stamp Decline

Aug 28, 2018
In this Monday, March 27, 2017 photo Sunny Larson, left, and Zak McCutcheon pick produce while gathering provisions to take home at the Augusta Food Bank in Augusta, Maine.
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In a recent tweet, the West Virginia Republican Party praised President Donald Trump for his role in reducing the number of Americans who rely on food stamps.

"Thanks to President Trump and Republican leadership, the number of people collecting food stamps has declined by more than two million. Our economy is (in) recovery and more jobs are available! #WVGOP," the party tweeted Aug. 1.

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Governor Jim Justice has signed a bill to impose the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients statewide. The work requirement applies to people ages 18 to 49 without dependents.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would expand a work requirement for some people who receive federal food assistance.

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Officials say homelessness alone isn't automatically an exemption from work or training requirements for food stamp benefits recipients.

State Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman Allison Adler tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that regulations for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program don't allow for blanket exemptions based on homelessness.

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The Department of Health and Human Resources announced today that disaster SNAP benefits provided more than $4.5 million in nutrition assistance benefits to thousands of West Virginians affected by June’s floods.

The disaster supplemental nutrition assistance - or disaster SNAP- program was aimed at residents in the 12 counties most affected by June’s flooding. The program provided almost $400 in assistance to about 5,000 residents who don’t normally receive SNAP benefits. The program also assisted almost 44,000 individuals who had been receiving SNAP benefits before the floods.

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Residents affected by the June 23 may qualify for special Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Disaster SNAP benefits can be used by families to purchase food lost in the floods.

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SNAP clients who lost food in the last week’s flood are getting help.

Anyone in flood affected areas who lost food that was purchased with food stamps can get replacement benefits. The request for replacement food stamps must be made by Tuesday July 22nd.

Officials say more than 1,000 West Virginians will lose their food stamp benefits starting next month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced last year that it would reinstate a requirement calling on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to meet a monthly work or training requirement of 20 hours per week or lose benefits.

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Advocates say West Virginia's plan to make food stamp recipients meet a work or training requirement could increase the burden of food banks.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced last year that it would reinstate a requirement calling on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to meet a monthly work or training requirement of 20 hours per week or lose benefits. The changes took effect in January.

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West Virginia families have been struggling with issues like substance abuse and poverty for decades.

This year, lawmakers are taking a hard look at ways they can combat these issues, and members of the House of Delegates are wasting no time at all.

What Do the SNAP Benefits Changes Mean for West Virginians?

Jan 13, 2016
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On January 1st, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit requirements changed for about 38 thousand adults in West Virginia. These individuals must now meet a work requirement of 20 hours a week or be enrolled in a work or education-related training program to continue receiving food assistance. Those who do not meet these requirements will cease to be eligible for benefits after three months.

 

SNAP Requirements Change

Jan 11, 2016
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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.

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.

The House Finance Committee considers a bill that would prohibit candidates from using email to solicit public employees, Sen. Ron Stollings wants Congress to change SNAP benefits to exclude junk food, and Kent Spellman and Stephanie Tyree of the West Virginia Community Development Hub discuss blueprint communities and HUB Cap.

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Senator Ron Stollings decided against continuing his legislation relating to the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is opting for a resolution instead, calling on Congress to change the benefits nationwide.

Stollings’ bill directed the state Department of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The waiver would prohibit the purchase of soda and junk foods with SNAP benefits, or food stamps.

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One in five West Virginians are seeing a reduction in food assistance, Downstream Strategies takes a critical look at the water-use data provided by natural gas drillers in the past couple years to the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Huntington Prep's basketball team enters their season with high expectations.

An automatic reduction to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, will begin taking effect today, cutting benefits for more than 47 million people across the country. 

West Virginians rely heavily on this assistance program, with about 20 percent of the population enrolled.

A Kanawha County man who is already struggling to provide for his family said this national cut means he will have to make even harder choices in the near future. 

An automatic cut to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp benefits, will begin taking effect Friday impacting the bottom line of nearly 300,000 West Virginians. That means the average family of three’s benefits will be cut by $29, or 16 meals, a month based on numbers from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The Washington Post has more on how these cuts will impact not just West Virginians, but struggling families across the country.