Liz McCormick Published

Some SNAP Recipients In W.Va. Could See Benefits Increase During Coronavirus Pandemic



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.


One waiver will provide an extension of the renewal period for those already receiving SNAP benefits. This waiver affects those who are due for an eligibility review in March, April or May. The release states these individuals would have their review delayed for six months.

The second waiver allows for a supplemental payment to households that were approved for SNAP benefits prior to April 1. These payments are expected to be released to Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, on April 3 and May 1. 

DHHR said in their release that all SNAP recipients who are eligible for either of these waivers will be notified.