Ohioans’ Food Stamp Aid To Be Reduced

photo credit: USDAgovOhio 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.

Meanwhile, food banks and others that distribute food assistance are bracing for increased demand.

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  • Fancycake

    this should be a surprise? This is going to start happening nationwide and we have Greece. Less jobs, less benefits even for people who really do need them. This is what Obama and our Congress has created folks and it isn’t going to get better because nobody has the backbone to stand up for what is really necessary to bring our country back. We all want, want, want. We do not want to give. We want to take. WE have become the take society at any cost and it doesn’t matter who it costs.

  • amiee

    To the people who have been on food stamps and government assistance for their entire life, surprise this is your slap in the face! America is on the verge of bankruptcy and even if you have the illusion that taxing the rich will help…NOT! You cannot have millions of takers on the backs of the ones that are the taxpayers!

  • Barry_Suxx

    So Ohio Voters: How’s that “Hopie-Change-Forward” crappola working out for ya? (suckers) Everyone TRIED to tell you how barry LIES, but you’re too stupid to listen to honest advice.

    • They voted for him so now they know………

  • OMG all those Votes for free stuff and now a reduction,,whats up with that,,they need a Bigger free stuff giver,,,maybe next time they can vote in Santaclause not obamaclause

  • Hal

    I am a Republican, I voted Republican and always will vote Republican as long as the party uses biblical principals, no matter what their color. Some folks expressed that voters were against comrade Obama because he was a black man. He is not all black. Matter of fact he doesn’t honestly know,100 % for sure, who his daddy is and will not present a true birth certificate or records about who he is. He is the first mystery President of the U,S.A..
    I thank God that I will not stand before him one day and have to worry about the issue of abortion which the democratic party believes in. Abortion , except for incest, rape or a matter of life and death for the mother is “Murder”, plain and simple.Call me a right winger or what ever you like, both of us will face a mighty God one day.
    Have fun with your leader when he no longer can furnish you Ohians with your handouts and support when handouts dry up. I have been a giver to charity for many of my 80 years but is now beginning to change. I now practice charity begins at home. I give to my God through my church and my family.

  • sreynolds

    Hilarious, aoo you dirtballs that voted for obama for freebies, guess what? Yep, another broken promise by the liar in chief….

  • wandamurline

    Can’t say I feel sorry for them after all they voted for Obama so they could get more freebies….elections have consequences and when you put yourself under the lie that the government will take care of you, don’t be disappointed on how it turns out. They deserve what they are getting….maybe some of them will actually try to find employment to eat.

  • wandamurline

    If you think this is bad, just wait…on December 31, 2012, all the extended unemployment benefits are going to run out…not to mention the taxarmagedden that will hit on January 3, 2013….Bush tax cuts expire…guess what, everyone who draws an employment check will have more deducted for MC and MA….Obamacare will tax the health industry to ruins, Bernake will continue to print worthless money, gasoline and food prices will continue to inflate and your worthless printed dollar won’t purchase as much…it already is only worth 79 cents now. Hope everyone enjoys this Christmas, it is going to get rough after the first of the year. I hope it gets so bad that no one would ever vote for a communist Democrat ever again. I know we’ll be hurting too, but I say, just go ahead and get it over with and don’t drag the hurt out.

  • They voted for Obama so that they would continue to get free benefits, but as we all know, WHAT THE GOVERNMENT GIVES, THE GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE AWAY, Sure didn’t take Obama long to start taking it away.