- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has received $285,000 in funding for a federal program aimed at helping low-income elderly people.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program will help distribute food to people in need. Along with the funding, he says West Virginia has received 5,000 caseload slots for the program.

Manchin says the funding will help the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Facing Hunger Food Bank provide services to West Virginians struggling to keep food on the table for themselves and their families.

The food program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with USDA food.

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