Food Program Adds Requirements in 9 West Virginia Counties

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is adding requirements for benefits recipients in nine West Virginia counties.

Effective Jan. 1, people receiving SNAP benefits in the affected counties will be required to participate in a work or educational activity for a monthly average of 20 hours per week. Recipients who don’t meet the requirements will lose their SNAP benefits.

The requirement applies to benefits recipients in Berkeley, Cabell, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Monongalia, Morgan and Putnam counties.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a new release that these counties were selected because they have the lowest unemployment rates in West Virginia.

The department says the goal is to provide employment and training opportunities for benefit recipients who are defined as able-bodied adults without dependents.