West Virginia SNAP

SNAP helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

Anyone may apply for SNAP benefits but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most — single parents, the elderly and disabled, as well as those on public assistance.

Eligible families will receive an EBT card, similar to a debit card, that they use to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets. Acceptable purchases include food for people and plants and/or seeds to grow food.


What are the income guidelines for SNAP in WV? #


Most families in West Virginia with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

Who qualifies for food stamps in WV? #


In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in West Virginia
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients in West Virginia must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt. ABAWDs who aren’t exempt are limited to three months of eligibility every 36 months.

How do I apply for food stamps in WV? #


Applications for SNAP may be made online at WV PATH or in person at DHHR’s local office nearest you. WV PATH is the one and only self-service portal to apply for benefits offered by the state of West Virginia.

Once your application is received, an interview will be arranged to decide if you are eligible.

If you are deemed eligible, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits within 30 days from the date the office received your application.

In some emergency cases, you may get “expedited benefits” in seven days or less if you have very low income and resources.