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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.


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1NilesOhio(639 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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2zz3(874 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

If their working it may slow down the childbirth a little! Once you have to pay for your own and its not a source of income, the entitlement mindset may change hopefully.

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3eivo(1443 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

How horrible, people are going to have to work for a living.

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4commoncitizen(945 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

WOW, imagine they have to WORK to get something!! This can't be----because it wouldn't be FREE!!!

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576Ytown(1150 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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