West Virginia Food Stamps

In West Virginia, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible, low-income families to purchase food to meet their basic nutritional needs. In order to receive these benefits, you must be eligible. Eligibility is based on several factors, including household size, income, residency and resources. Most people must pass a gross income test as well as a net income test.

Once you determine that you’re eligible for SNAP benefits, you should apply online. You can also use the screening tool for eligibility before applying. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will be contacted about an interview where you must verify your information with supporting documentation. If you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. Benefits are distributed into your EBT account each month and can be used to purchase eligible food items. Simply swipe your card at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.


1. How can I check my EBT account balance?

To check your EBT account balance, log on to their website.

2. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?

If your EBT card is lost or stolen, call 1-866-545-6502 immediately to have the card cancelled. Any stolen benefits that are used cannot be replaced.

3. Where can I find more information about West Virginia EBT?

The best resource for all EBT-related information is online.

4. Where can I find more information about income limits and maintenance?

Click here to browse the income maintenance manual for West Virginia.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact: West Virginia.