Food Stamp Use Increases in West Virginia

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says West Virginia is one of seven states to see an increase in the number of people receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The report by the nonprofit Food and Research Action Center says 362,133 West Virginians received benefits from the program in February. That's up nearly two-and-a-half percent from January and three-and-a-half percent from February 2013.

McDowell County had the most recipients at 34 percent. Monongalia and Jefferson counties both had the fewest recipients at 9 percent.

Dawn Hawkins with the Department of Health and Human Resources says the increase is due to a number of factors, including job loss.

Other states seeing an increase in February were Nevada, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania.

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