Ohio to limit food stamps for some adults

Gov. John Kasich to set work requirement for able-bodied adults without children.
Associated Press
Sep 8, 2013

The administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting next year.

According to The (Columbus) Dispatch, the requirement will cover able-bodied adults without children.

They will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity unless they live in one of 16 high-unemployment counties.

The requirements begin next month but those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until Jan. 1.

More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps.

The exempt counties are Adams, Brown, Clinton, Coshocton, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingun, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pike and Scioto.

"It's important that we provide more than just a monetary benefit, that we provide job training, an additional level of support that helps put (food-stamp recipients) on a path toward a career and out of poverty," Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, told the newspaper.

For years, Ohio has taken advantage of a federal waiver exempting food-stamps recipients from the work requirements that Kasich championed while U.S. House Budget Committee chairman during the mid-1990s.

"The governor believes in a work requirement," Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said Friday. "But when the economy is bad and people are hurting, the waiver can be helpful. Now, fortunately, Ohio's economy is improving."

An estimated 134,000 adults will be subject to the work requirements. They are ages 18 to 50, without children under 18, and deemed to be physically and mentally able to participate, Johnson said.

County officials who administer public assistance and advocates for the poor predict the requirement will take food stamps away from thousands of Ohioans.



The Consitution doesn't guarantee anyone monetary benefits at taxpayer expense, so there's no problem with making those benefits contingent on a limited waiver of 4th amendment rights for drug testing, any more than there is with making certain DOT licenses contingent on it.


I hate Kasich and I sure the heck didn't vote for him. BUT I got to say this is one good thing he is doing. I don't want to hear any excuses from people. If you get food stamps and have no kids you got to work or something. Making them go to do something is better then just letting them do nothing at all. Great move.


Now lets move to a Federal level. Let's look at Social Security next.


Some counties exempt-------------Once again "some are more equal than others" Animal Farm


Let us not forget that you do not have to be unemployed to receive food stamps. To qualify for food stamps, your income must be below the Federal Poverty Guideline. For a family of three, that means you can make $1300 a month and still be eligible for about $190 in food stamps. This only allows you to buy food items. You cannot get paper products or cleaning supplies which are very costly. I wonder how many could get by working full time on a salary of $1300 per month. Try it. See how it works out for you.


in what county? Ottawa gives about $68 a month.


So how many people on food stamps or welfare do you suppose are baby factories, as you call them? Do you have any statistics on this? Or you just saw a few black girls with 4 kids apiece at the grocery store using their food stamp card? Really, you people make assumptions on your own personal generalizations and prejudices without having any facts. And people have to qualify for the benefits they receive-they don't just hand them out so people that are getting benefits most likely qualified and deserve them. There may be a few abusing the system but will eventually get caught. Also if you do look at the statistics, there are more white women on welfare than blacks.


I read the following article this morning in another newspaper and then read this one here in the Register.
I am getting to feel as if the general public is just out to cut their own throats.



You people sound a bit ridiculous. I think you should be required to work a paying job in order to receive any assistance and most people that receive assistance do go to work daily. If the state did not enable freeloaders there would be less of them. On the other hand, if I do work daily I should at least be able to afford food! It is not as practical these days to work multiple jobs because of lifestyle. You still have to actually take care of your family. You know, cooking, cleaning, child rearing, those things. It has to be done!


Re: "if I do work daily I should at least be able to afford food!"

As a percentage of income, the avg. citizens of the U.S. spend less on food than countries like India where some spend 80% of their income.


Gotta love the whinny, spoiled rotten Americans who think that 'somebody' owes them ‘something.’

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I do agree with you, deer, and have some resonance with what Pter was saying above. Much of this goes back to education which is what would break these chains (real or stereotyped) of "baby factories", "welfare queens", and other abusers.


and how many people on welfare are taking care of their kids? They are breeding kids that are being raised by grandparents or relatives and falling into the same cycle.

Cleaning? Cooking? You mean throwing processed food into the microwave for 2 minutes and then throwing the scraps in the trash.

You are so full of excuses that enable people to do nothing. You are the problem with America.


I say limit what they can purchase like chips and pop too many fat kids now because parents buy this stuff


So doing the table for an average family of four, full time employment at IAC for 11.50 per hour, on an average of 40 hours per week, if you get 40 hours per week. Sometimes if it is not busy there will be "lay offs". You would still be eligible for $395 to $405 in SNAP benefits per month. This would hardly solve the problem. Just imagine if the majority of employed in IAC are all eligible for SNAP benefits or even only half being eligible that is quite a responsibility that needs to be met. IAC are benefiting by paying low wages which in turn qualifies many many employees for benefits. Who wins here?


Income spending for families eating out doesn't seem to have slowed much.


SNAP isn't just factored with someone's wages. They also count household and personal assets and go by "shelter costs". Although, it differs state to state.

The criteria is listed on their website.


"...in June, the number of households receiving foodstamps rose to 23.117 million, an increase of 45.9k in one month, and also a new record high."



I have tried since this went up to refrain myself. However, I just left the grocery store where the lady in front of me with fake nails and an i-phone purchased 2 pkgs of Nickles iced rolls, king size Reese-cup candy bar and king size M&M's. She used her Ohio Directions card! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!\

The gov't needs to stop this kind of purchases on the Ohio Directions Card!!!!

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It's food . Might not be the healthy kind ,but still food.

Why are you stalking people , looking for credit card numbers and pin #'s ? Some just can't mind their own beeswax.


Well bully I guess I do mind because the next thing you know the will bleeding us for healthcare to control their diabetes and other health related concerns. Apparently I struck a nerve with you. Maybe you should stop using your ohio directions card on junk food!


I don't mean to take sides here but I do agree with both of you in this instance. I've seen people using their food stamps to buy things that were extravagant and when compared to the other things in their cart - and no I'm not really stalking them just behind them in line waiting and most times there's not much to do when there's so few lines open but look at what's being bought - you see some of the nonsense things that are being bought and I wonder where they're coming up with the money to buy these things since they're having to use food stamps to pay for the regular food.


Yeah, I am not saying I am against people that are tying to help themselves and need a little extra help. I am just saying that the foods they are allowed to buy is out of control. Basic food staples meat, milk, bread, noodles, potatoes, veggies, fruit etc is all that should be allowed. No chips, pop, cookies, candy, ice cream etc should be allowed.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Eligible Food Items

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

Foods for the household to eat, such as:
-- breads and cereals;
-- fruits and vegetables;
-- meats, fish and poultry; and
-- dairy products.

Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco;

Any nonfood items, such as:

-- pet foods;
-- soaps, paper products; and
-- household supplies.

Vitamins and medicines.

Food that will be eaten in the store.

Hot foods.

Additional Information

“Junk Food” & Luxury Items
The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits: alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items

Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome. Further detailed information about the challenges of restricting the use of SNAP benefits can be found here:

Report -- Implications of Restricting the use of
Food Stamp Benefits

Energy Drinks
When considering the eligibility of energy drinks, and other branded products, the primary determinant is the type of product label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines:

Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label are eligible foods

Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible

Live Animals
Live animals may not be purchased with SNAP benefits.

Pumpkins, Holiday Gift Baskets, and Special Occasion Cakes
Pumpkins are edible and eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. However, inedible gourds and pumpkins that are used solely for ornamental purposes are not eligible items.

Gift baskets that contain both food and non-food items, are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits if the value of the non-food items exceeds 50 percent of the purchase price.
To read our most recent notice about Gift Baskets, click here.

Items such as birthday and other special occasion cakes are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits as long as the value of non-edible decorations does not exceed 50 percent of the purchase price of the cake.

Last modified: 07/25/2013


I shop in local grocery stores all the time, and I never observe this behavior. I wonder why that is. Oh wait, it must be because I don't shop at places like Walmart. Or maybe it is just because I don't spend all my time nosing into other peoples' private business, like conservatives do.


Re: "other peoples' private business, like conservatives do."

Delusional nonsense.

The whole basis of liberal-socialism is a centrally planned life from cradle-to-grave.

Repubs and Dems: The Dumb and Dumber parties.


Ask the women who can't get a PAP smear, or birth control, or who have to go through a vaginal ultrasound who is at fault for invading their private lives. It is the conservatives passing these restrictive laws. That is not delusional....it is a fact.

Not sure what you mean by: "The whole basis of liberal-socialism is a centrally planned life from cradle-to-grave" I came to liberalism late in life, after I saw the evils of Reaganism and what followed.


Re: "It is the conservatives passing these restrictive laws."

And liberals (socialists) aren't about redistribution of wealth and vote buying?

IMO, both tangable and intangable assets = property.


Well I was at Hogues in Bellevue getting hamburger potatoes and bread. Food that actually has nutritional value. Not nosing but kinda hard to miss while standing in line.