Disaster SNAP program assisted thousands of flood-affected households

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Disaster SNAP program has provided millions of dollars in nutrition assistance this summer, that's according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

On Tuesday, the DHHR's Bureau for Children and Families announced that the Disaster SNAP program provided $4,661,482 in assistance for thousands of people in the 12 declared disaster counties of Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster.

According to the release, the program ran from July 25-31.

"These benefits were helpful to those who would not normally qualify for SNAP assistance, as the devastating flooding resulted in unexpected expenses for so many individuals and families," said Commissioner Nancy Exline. "D-SNAP was an opportunity for some flood-impacted West Virginians, including current SNAP recipients, to receive support to regain a supply of nutritional foods during this difficult time."

The Disaster SNAP program assisted 4,766 individuals that were not current SNAP recipients by issuing benefits totaling $812,537. The program also assisted 43,744 individuals currently receiving SNAP, with supplemental payments totaling $3,848,945.

SNAP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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