WV announces plan to send about $300 to most WV students for food

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

May 6, 2020

Over 230,000 West Virginia students, including all public school children in Kanawha, Cabell and 41 other counties, will each get about $313 in federal money for groceries, the state announced Monday.

“It’s unbelievable, that’s all there is to it,” Gov. Jim Justice said in praising the relief.

State schools Superintendent Clayton Burch said, “It’s going to pump about $72 million into West Virginia’s economy.”


Families who already have EBT cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also called SNAP or food stamps, or qualify for Medicaid or WV Works benefits, will automatically see the money added to their existing cards, according to a state Department of Education news release.

If you no longer have your card, you can call the state Department of Health and Human Resources at 1-877-716-1212 to request a new one, the release said. The money should arrive in or before mid-June, education department spokeswoman Christy Day said.