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Some Ohioans' food-stamp benefits to decrease

Published: Mon, November 12, 2012 @ 3:21 p.m.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio families will lose $50 a month in food stamp benefits next year, leaving food banks bracing for higher demand.

The cut won’t apply to all 869,000 households receiving food stamps, but only to some homeowners and renters who have a “standard utility allowance” deducted when determining whether they are eligible for food stamps, The Blade newspaper reported.

Those families will see a cut in benefits because of how the government calculates utility expenses. A mild winter last year and lower natural gas prices led to a decrease in aid.

The thinking is that lower utility expenses meant families had more money for food.

Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services tried to stop the change but the appeal was denied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program.

“This is a federal issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the job and family services directors’ association. “We just think it is going to be really hard on families and individuals. They will see significantly less money starting in January.”

The state appealed the change because many families that will see a reduction don’t even use natural gas to heat their homes and instead use fuel oil or propane and didn’t see a cost savings, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the job and family services department.

Plus, many people still rely on food assistance at a time when the nation is coming out of the recession, he said.


1busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I think the food banks in this area have already had the increased numbers. Some of these people in these lines could stand to miss a few meals. I am sure that someone will blame this on Obama. This is all about the state control the food stamp numbers.

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2redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Stories such as these are so difficult. It is sad our government files rural victims in the same basket as city dwellers.

Many rural families suffer from higher household utilities as well as fuel costs to travel into commercialized areas for their supplies. Because of economic conditions, they are unable to sell their homes and move, although many have abandoned their properties when they were unable to sell or continue with house payments.

For far too many households, our economic crisis is still a continuing and devastating reality.

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4andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Actually the food stamp program is Federal and Falls Under the Obama Administration the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Again read, become informed


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5streetsmartt(127 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks, Mr. Hope and Change!

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