Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:30 PM
Purveyor (29,432 posts)
Ohioans’ food stamp aid to be reduced; Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January
BY KATE GIAMMARISE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance.
For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets.
Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say.
Recipients should get a letter from the state Department of Job and Family Services this month explaining the change, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the agency.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:06 PM
sunwyn (494 posts)
3. I recieve food stamps in Ohio and yes
this will be devastating. I have been unemployed for 4 plus years and while I managed to live off my savings for 3 years, I finally had to apply or go hungry. I have an allotment of 200 dollars a month as I have no income though I have to hitchhike to the job center and put in so many hours a month. Jobs are still few and far between here. To top it off - the garden that I planted last Spring and looked so promising early on, crumbled to dust as the temps soared and the rain was non-existent. I have nothing left to sell and live with my elderly mother because she can no longer manage on her own. I am close to just giving up....
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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:24 PM
antigone382 (3,682 posts)
15. I'm gonna go ahead and brag on myself for alerting on that turd.
I rely on foodstamps as well (I'm in school as a nontraditional student right now, and I look forward to the day that I can give back more to my society than my society has given me). Losing $50 out of $200 would be a serious hardship for me (and dear lurkers, my star was also donated by another DUer). I am very sorry that you are going through this right now.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:27 PM
Melinda (5,464 posts)
17. You shouldn't see a change in your benefits.
Based upon what you said above as to having no income, it appears as if you have no excess shelter costs or need for the standard utility allowance deduction (used with housing costs +income +household size to determine allotment). And of course you are a separate household - you prepare and eat your food apart from your mother. Many families live under one roof, and each of those families or individuals need apply as separate households to ensure they receive benefits based on their income (or lack thereof) and shelter costs alone. It is those with income that are going to primarily suffer a loss of benefits, and I simply don't understand why the USDA has decided to change the amount allowed as a utility deduction. I'm going to get up to speed on this.
Regardless, as the article says, more than 869,000 Ohioans' will suffer increased food insecurity (gads, I despise that term), and with 46 million in the US living in poverty and 1 in 4 children going to bed hungry each and every night, this is unconscionable and should be criminal.
Hang in there, and know you have souls out here rooting for you and doing their level best to help those like you thru this time. It took Bush* eight years to destroy our economy, and it's going to take a while longer to get things running again.