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Cutbacks are expected for food stamp recipients
Federal government has denied Ohio official's requests to reverse planned cutbacks.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Eight-hundred and sixty-nine thousand Ohio households currently get food stamps, but some of those families are about to see their allotment cut. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
 
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Some Ohio food stamp recipients whose allotments are based on utility costs are facing a cut in assistance of $50 every month.

“As we calculate the cost of utilities, the average price has gone down primarily because we had a mild winter and because the price of natural gas has dropped,” says Ben Johnson, an Ohio Jobs and Family Services spokesman.

Johnson says Ohio officials asked the federal government to mute the food stamps cutbacks on Ohio families, but the requests were denied. The cutbacks are being made across the country.

Officials at Ohio food banks are worried that the food stamp cut will mean even more families coming to local food pantries.

Listener Comments:

I heard the stories about cutbacks on food stamps. Your station had mention of it a while back and I've heard it again yesterday and today. While I feel for those that truly are in need of help with keeping their families fed I can't help but shrug at the news. I work in a retail store. When buying food (which often includes soda, candy and potato chips) it is on the governments tab. Part of which I am paying for. Those same people then buy beer, cartons of cigarettes, makeup and other high price items with cash. The food stamp system is being abused by many and should be revised to make it a true assistance program like WIC. The money available would then go further and help those truly in need.


Posted by: Mary on November 1, 2013 5:11AM
Surprise Ohio! You got who you voted for, and just wait there's more to come!


Posted by: Adk (nc) on November 12, 2012 4:11AM
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