The Mountain State Card, the state’s equivalent of the EBT card, pays monthly benefits to qualified low-income households through the West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, or DHHR, administers SNAP throughout the state.
The West Virginia Mountain State Card works in the same way as a credit or debit card, allowing SNAP recipients to buy eligible foods at any participating retailer or farmers market.
Food for human consumption and seeds/plants for food production are both eligible. Household items, grooming products, tobacco, alcohol, pet food, and hot cooked foods that are ready to eat are not eligible for SNAP assistance.
Cash beneficiaries can use their SNAP benefits to buy food at stores and get cashback (or withdraw money from a “Quest” ATM). Each month, the first three withdrawals are free.
A $1 fee is deducted from your WV WORKS account for each additional cash withdrawal. Using ATMs may also incur bank surcharges.
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After all deductions, benefit amounts are decided by household size and countable income.
Households having a resident who is elderly or disabled are usually given extra consideration. In such circumstances, West Virginia has a greater asset ceiling and no gross income criteria.
More “extra shelter/utility costs,” as well as medical expenses over $35 per month, can be deducted in these situations.
For the first nine days of each month, benefits are distributed based on the initial letter of your last name. Every month, on the first calendar day of the month, cash benefits are distributed.
For the month of May, here’s when you may expect benefit deposits on your Mountain State Card.