The West Virginia Department of Health and
Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families has been granted approval
by the federal government to issue emergency supplemental allotments to
households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
as part of an ongoing response to COVID-19.
The U.S Department of
Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service released new guidance to states
regarding eligibility for ongoing SNAP emergency supplemental allotments (ESA).
Under previous guidance if a SNAP household regularly received the maximum
benefit, they were not eligible to receive ESA.
Effective April 1, 2021, two new household
populations now qualify:
A household that has been
receiving more than $95 in ESA will continue to do so. Households previously
ineligible will receive ESA later in April 2021. The supplemental benefit will
continue as long as West Virginia continues to receive monthly approval from
“Addressing food insecurity is critical, and we
are pleased to enhance our efforts to support West Virginia families facing
hardship due to COVID-19,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for
Children and Families. “This support from the USDA helps provide nutritional
assistance and relief to families who need it the most.”
For additional information, please
contact your local DHHR office or DHHR’s Customer Service hotline at