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End of SNAP benefits boost looms in W.Va.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A nonprofit policy research group says about 350,000 West Virginians will see a reduction in federal food assistance benefits when a temporary boost expires this fall.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says the increase to federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits expires on Oct. 31.

The Charleston Gazette reports that for a family of three, the increase had amounted to about $29 per month.

Center policy analyst Sean O'Leary says that while it doesn't seem like a huge amount, that's a serious loss if the benefits are the main source of a family's food income.

Nationwide, SNAP benefits assist more than 47 million people, including 22 million children.

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