American Rescue Plan delivers increase in food assistance benefits

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM EDT
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W.Va. (WSAZ) - Additional food assistance is now available for over 41 million Americans who are relying on SNAP benefits and 17.1 million children who need Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) because of the barriers to receiving school meals.

This means a qualifying family of four is now receiving an extra $100 per month in SNAP benefits and $6.82 per child per day in P-EBT.

There are currently about 303,000 SNAP participants in West Virginia.

Those West Virginians will see a $25 million increase in benefits due to the extension of benefits from June 2021 to September 2021.

Additionally, West Virginians receiving SNAP benefits will see an average monthly increase of $28 in benefits per person.

The American Rescue Plan passed in March, extended the 15% increase in SNAP benefits from June to September 2021.

“The American Rescue Plan delivered much needed relief to West Virginia families and individuals struggling to make ends meet a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SNAP provides vital support for West Virginians facing food insecurity, and I am pleased this funding will provide additional food assistance for over 303,000 West Virginians currently receiving SNAP benefits and will continue the increased benefits through the end of the summer. This three month extension will support many of our fellow West Virginians in need, and I am committed to ensuring all West Virginians have the resources they need to put food on the table to feed their families,” said Senator Manchin (D-WV).

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