SNAP FAQ: What is the West Virginia Mountain State Card and how can you apply for benefits?


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The West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) distributes monthly benefits to eligible low-income families and individuals through the Mountain State Card. The Mountain State Card is West Virginia’s EBT card and functions like a credit or debit card, allowing SNAP recipients to purchase eligible groceries at authorized locations.

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Cash recipients can also use their Mountain State card to collect cash through food purchases or withdraw funds at an ATM. At ATMs and/or card dispensers where you see the “Quest” logo, the first three cash withdrawals of each month are free. For each after that, a $1.00 fee is charged to your WV WORKS account. Bank surcharges for the use of ATMs will also be deducted from your account. There is no additional charge for using the card to purchase food.

Eligibility for SNAP benefits is based on household size, income, assets, and certain household expenses. The amount of SNAP benefits you receive depends on household size and book income after applying all deductions; however, households with an elderly or disabled person are given special attention.

West Virginia also has a higher asset limit and no gross income test when considering households that include an elderly or disabled person. “Excess housing/utility costs” may also be deducted, as well as medical expenses over $35 per month, in such circumstances.

West Virginia SNAP benefits are administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, or DHHR. You can apply for West Virginia SNAP benefits online through DHHR’s PATH system. You can also print a SNAP request and submit the completed form to your county DHHR office.

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If you are deemed eligible for SNAP after an interview with DHHR, you will receive your West Virginia Mountain State card with your monthly benefit amount from the date your signed application is received.

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