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    Ohioans’ food stamp aid to be reduced - When your Broke Your Broke

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

    “They are going to increase hunger among our most vulnerable — working families, seniors, children, and persons with disabilities,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

    Ms. Hamler-Fugitt said her organization is particularly concerned that some seniors or persons with disabilities who have a low benefit amount could lose all their monthly assistance.

    “We’re really worried about [the change],” she said.

    What’s called the “standard utility allowance” — the amount deducted from a person’s income when the state determines his or her eligibility for the food stamp program — will decrease by $166 for 2013, translating to about $50 less per household in food assistance. State Job and Family Services officials tried to appeal the change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but the USDA denied the request.

    USDA officials did not respond to requests from The Blade for comment.

    State and county Job and Family Services officials say there is little they can do other than letting their clients and community partners who provide food assistance know about the changes.

    “This is a federal issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. “It is what it is. They have a formula. ... We just think it is going to be really hard on families and individuals. They will see significantly less money starting in January.”

    The average food-stamp recipient receives $138 per person, per month, according to state statistics. As of August, more than 1.7 million individual Ohioans, or about 869,000 families, received the assistance. A total of $3 billion in benefits was issued in 2011 in Ohio; the program is federally funded.

    In Lucas County, about 91,000 people — 46,000 households — receive the benefit. Fifty fewer dollars per household per month would amount to about $27 million annually.

    “It’s a concern,” said Deb Ortiz-Flores, director of Lucas County’s Job and Family Services agency. “Fifty dollars can buy quite a bit of food.”

    Jack Frech, director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in southeastern Ohio, said the loss of funds will cause a true hardship.

    “Fifty dollars would be devastating” to families, he said. “These are folks that have already fallen off the fiscal cliff.” Mr. Frech added that many of his agency’s clients are not affected by lower natural gas prices.

    “The majority of folks [here] don’t heat with natural gas in the first place,” he said. “They heat with fuel oil and propane.”

    The Rev. Steve Anthony, executive director of Toledo Area Ministries, said, “It will put a strain on all organizations that provide emergency food. We’re going to have to find alternatives. We can’t pull food or money out of thin air.”

    TAM runs the Feed Your Neighbor program, which has 13 food pantries in Toledo and surrounding suburbs.

    Contact Kate Giammarise at: kgiammarise@theblade.com or 419-724-6091, or onTwitter @KateGiammarise.

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    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
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    The Fake War on Terror must continue

    Please ration food accordingly
    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
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    On the flip side of the coin ... there are many more mouths to feed now.... you didnt stop the Illegal Alien Invasion, so be prepared to give up your life saving rations
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    Politics: Ohio food stamp checks are about to shrink

    Published by: Robert Laurie on Monday November 12th, 2012


    Democrat voters about to enjoy diminishing returns.

    Currently, close to a million impoverished Ohioans collect federal assistance in the form of food stamps. If the thrust of last week’s election was, as many have argued, a welfare quid-pro-quo, it’s clear these people represented a big portion of the buckeye state’s pro-Obama vote.

    I wonder how they’ll react when they find out their monthly check is about to get $50 smaller.

    A combination of last year’s mild winter and a drop in the price of natural gas has led the government to lower the “Standard Utility Allowance” by $166 dollars for 2013. As a result, the amount each welfare recipient receives in food stamps will drop by $50 per month.

    Those affected by the change should receive a letter in the next couple of weeks, informing them of their reduced income.

    How a $166 dollar drop in natural gas prices and usage leads to only a $50 drop in food stamps is a mystery that’s likely buried in that vault from the X-Files. But, however the equation works, the feds have made the call and the cut is expected to save the government $520 million.

    We’re sure those Ohioans who voted for Obama because Mitt Romney was going to cut their benefits have recognized the irony and will accept their predicament cheerfully. After all, this is the work of their chosen administration and should therefore not be questioned.

    Four more years!

    Politics: Ohio food stamp checks are about to shrink | CainTV
    Amnesty for 11 million will increase debt by $6.3 trillion And that doesn't count costs of 22 million additional legal immigrants in just 10 years!
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