West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) Application Information
How to Apply for Food Stamps
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The West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program is a state and federal government sponsored program that aims to eradicate hunger and promote proper nutrition, through the provision of nutritious foods to low-income and poor families in the state. In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must meet a specified set of eligibility requirements. These requirements are based on the household income, resources and area of residence of the applicants.
Disabled and elderly people applying for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program are given special eligibility exemptions. These eligibility exemptions include a higher assets limit and no gross income test.
Applying for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program is a fairly easy and convenient process which can either be done online or in person. Upon successful processing of the application, you will start receiving the benefits of the program. The amount of benefits received depends on the household size, household income and resources owned by the household.
It should be noted that the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits can only be used to purchase certain foods for human consumption and cannot be used to purchase household items, cigarettes, grooming products, pet food and alcoholic drinks.
Members of the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program are given an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, through which they can conveniently access their benefits.
In order to be eligible for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) Program you must meet a specified set of eligibility requirements. These eligibility requirements are mainly based on the Household income, Household resources, program employment requirements, and the residence status of the applicant, and are highlighted below:
Income Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program applicants must meet a set of income eligibility requirements. These requirements are generally based on the gross household income and family size and are highlighted on the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) income manual available on at this link.
Resource based eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program, applicants must have a maximum of $2000 worth of countable assets. For elderly and disabled individuals the resource maximum is $3250 worth of countable assets. It should however be noted that the resource test only applies to "countable assets" and not assets such as the home, pensions benefits and lots.
Employment Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the west Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program, able bodied individuals between the ages of 16 and 60 must be willing to work, be actively looking for employment and should participate in an employment training program to which they are referred to by their local office.
Residential Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program, applicants must be residents of the state of West Virginia. Additionally they should be US citizens or legal aliens who have resided in the state for more than 5 years.
You can determine your eligibility to the West Virginia (SNAP)- Food stamps program by using the pre-screening tool available on the following link.
Food Stamps Application Instructions
Applying for the West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program is a fairly easy process which can be done online or in person. You can fill and submit an Online application form by visiting the following link:
You can also obtain and submit a paper application to your nearest local count office found on this link: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/county/default.asp (List of DHHS local county offices). After submitting your application you will be contacted by a West Virginia Food Stamps (SNAP) program representative, who will schedule an interview with you. Before going to the interview, you should remember to carry important documents such as a government issued identification document, Social security number, recent bank statement and other documents that are specified by the program representative.
During the interview the program representative will verify your documents and will ask you questions that will help establish your eligibility to the program. Upon successful completion of the process you will start receiving benefits within 30 days after you submitted your application.