Food Stamps

Politics
2:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Farm Bill Deal Leaves Some Food Stamp Recipients Out In The Cold

The House of Representatives passed a compromise farm bill Wednesday, which among other provisions will makes some cuts to food stamps. The deal includes $8.6 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

 In a conversation with WYSO's Emily McCord, Senator Sherrod Brown says the bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than the $40 billion cut Republicans originally wanted and that legislation will grow the agricultural industry.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ohio Issuing Fewer Replacement Food Stamp Cards

The number of replacement food stamp cards issued by the state of Ohio is down - meaning fewer were lost, stolen and used fraudulently.

State data show Ohio issued nearly 328 thousand replacement electronic benefit cards in 2013, down 8 percent from 2012. During that period, participation in the program increased.

Food stamp benefits are uploaded monthly on benefit transfer cards, which are similar to debit cards and require a personal identification number.

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War On Poverty
7:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ohio U.S. Senators Weigh In On The War On Poverty

Senator Rob Portman stands closer to the center on poverty issues than many of his Republican colleagues.
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The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

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Statewide News
12:06 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

134K Ohioans Must Meet Work Requirements to Get Food Stamps

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As families prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, state policymakers are urging the governor to change requirements for food assistance. Starting at the beginning of next year, more than 134,000 Ohioans will lose their food stamps unless they meet certain work or training requirements. This affects childless adults ages 18 to 50 who are not disabled.

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Poverty
9:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Assistance Cuts Affect Millions Of Ohioans

A cut to food assistance goes into effect across the country today, Nov. 1. The end of federal stimulus funds will affect close to 2 million people in Ohio who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for food.

After the economy crashed, the 2009 Recovery Act propped up food assistance with  billions in additional funds. That money expired on Halloween, which means reduced benefits for almost all SNAP recipients.

Leslie Bates of Greene County Job and Family Services says the average cut in Greene County is $26 per family.

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