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..."
Later on, they say that one county, Lucas county, has about 91,000 people — 46,000 households — receive the benefit. Fifty fewer dollars per household per month would amount to about $27 million annually.
So how did the election results go for Lucas County, Ohio?
Obama/Biden (D) 129,229 or 64.44%
Romney/Ryan (R) 68,100 or 33.96%
So apparently there were at least 197,329 eligible voters in the county, and 91,000 residents get aid. Just that alone (91,000/197,329 or about 46.1%) shows the state of that county.
Voted for "hope and change". Seems like they've got it. And the gov't saves money as a result.