WOWK – More families than ever are worried about putting food on the table right now. It’s because of a major decrease in food stamp, or SNAP, benefits.
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SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. When COVID-19 hit, the federal government gave people extra SNAP benefits. West Virginia has 167,000 families that received those increases, and 80% of those people already live below the federal poverty rate.
On average, each of those families stands to lose $200 in monthly food benefits. Advocates want the state to give them “American Rescue Plan” dollars instead. However, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is not sure that’s allowable is and looking for other ways to help.