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More than 10K Ohioans lose food stamps over work rules

Published: Fri, January 24, 2014 @ 8:50 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Thousands of poor Ohio residents have lost food-stamp benefits for not fulfilling work requirements, and the number is expected to rise in the coming months.

The Columbus Dispatch reports more than 10,000 people lost the benefits this month as Ohio began enforcing work requirements that were waived in recent years. The state says about 140,000 adults who don’t have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week.

Thousands more food-stamp recipients are expected to lose the benefits soon because they haven’t gone through an assessment of whether the work rules apply to them. For some, caseworkers with large caseloads haven’t finished the assessments. Other recipients haven’t showed up for assessments as requested.


1NilesOhio(901 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Good. Sounds like the Civilian Conservation Corps, which brought huge benefits to our state and national parks as well as many other areas.

Unless they can prove they're truly disabled, let them earn their food. It helps build character and morale in the process.

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276Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering. Doesn't leave much room for excuses.

Thousands haven't shown up for assessments? These are adults without children or disabilities, what's keeping them from rushing in to keep their benefits? They're not lazy are they? If they don't have a car they find a ride to the grocery store but can't go to their appt?

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3redeye1(5351 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

We can all thank Governor Kasich for this . Our last Governors ( all Demoncrats) let this go on for way too long. So that others seen what was happening, so they rush to join the stamp mob.

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