Blog Posts > West Virginia Stockpiled $110 Million in Welfare Funds Despite Pandemic, Soaring Hunger Numbers
February 14, 2022

West Virginia Stockpiled $110 Million in Welfare Funds Despite Pandemic, Soaring Hunger Numbers

Mountain State Spotlight, Fayette Tribune – West Virginia is sitting on more than $110 million in unspent welfare funds from a federal program that gives families — mostly children — money for essentials like food, clothes and rent. Read the full article.

Meanwhile, state food banks reported soaring hunger numbers amid the pandemic, and in December, nearly 40% of West Virginians were behind on rent and in danger of losing their housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. West Virginia is one of the nation’s poorest states.

Yet, the money sat largely untouched. 

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