Mountain State Spotlight – Up to a quarter of the 300,000 West Virginians enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are at risk of losing the benefits they need to feed themselves and their families, if a new bill introduced by lawmakers comes to pass.
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“The way it is written, it’s taking away food assistance from 75,000 West Virginians, including 30,000 children,” said Caitlin Cook, director of advocacy and public policy at Mountaineer Food Bank.
The bill’s lead sponsor Sen. Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, declined to comment through spokesperson Jacque Bland. The bill is pending in the Senate Workforce Committee; Bland said the bill has been going through substantial changes and the committee will consider a “wholly revised, different committee substitute” on Friday.