News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


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


Reporter
Bill Cohen
 
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.
 
Listen to Cohen's full story.

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:40)


Listen to Cohen's interview with Johnson.

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:51)


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
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

Ohio Democratic Party begins the rebuilding process
I agree 100% with Sen. Brown. I think it is absolutely critical for the Democratic Party in Ohio to engage in the long, tedious, hard task of re-building from t...

They're talking again in the Macedonia bridge dispute
Norfolk Southern says the Ledge road bridge meets regulations for train traffic, however it was built as an overpass for a roadway and/or farm usage. I think t...

Cleveland City Council to consider transgender public restroom law
this is sick. I do not want my daughter in the same bathroom as a perverted 45 year old man. this proposed legislation could seriously damage the security of ch...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University