(07/28/2005)
West Virginia children who receive clothing vouchers from the state can buy another outfit or two for the upcoming school year.

Governor Manchin has instructed the Department of Health and Human Resources to add $$50 dollars to each $150-dollar voucher.

Manchin says this increase will provide immediate relief to West Virginia's neediest families.

The one-time bonus will benefit more than 57,000 school-age children living at or below the federal poverty level and will cost the state nearly two-point-nine million dollars.

Manchin says the cost will be covered by a federal appropriation from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The vouchers are good not only for the purchase of new clothes, but also sewing materials to make clothing.

Those who previously received a voucher for $150 dollars will automatically be sent the $50-dollar ones.

The deadline to get new applications to your local DHHR office is the end of the week, and the vouchers must be redeemed at participating stores by October 31st.


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