Ohio to limit food stamps for some adults

Able-bodied adults without children will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job or volunteering
Associated Press
Sep 9, 2013

Gov. John Kasich's administration 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 Bizness

I am not sure what you mean? I do contradict myself a lot though.


The point being you called people crazy with whom you agree most of the time.

And then there's this:

@The Bizness: Well it does kind of contradict conservative thinking... Government imposing on a person what they can eat.....I can follow a conversation.

Then how did you manage to miss the key differentiator here - WHO IS PAYING THE BILL. If you buy your own lunch, you can have whatever you like, assuming you can afford it. If I am buying your lunch, then I get to pick what I buy for you. Your freedom to have what you want goes as far as your ability to pay for it.

"As for the unpasteurized milk, that is because of a public health reason"

It becomes a public health issue only if A) it's falsely labeled as pasteurized, or B)I'm buying it and forcing others to drink it. Otherwise its a personal choice.

"Foie gras is allowed to be bought in the U.S. Also you are free to produce either for your own consumption whenever you like."

Maybe you should make a better effort to familiarize yourself with an issue before commenting on it. It's illegal to produce or sell in California, and illegal to sell in Chicago and several other leftist cities.


Don't forget the canned goods such as vegetables and fruits are cheaper on a good sale. Many are low sodium. We use a lot of canned tomatoes. Not everybody has the luxury of having space for a garden.


Able-bodied adults with children should be included too. If they don't want to support their kids and work then give them to those who will. Don't single out the childless. There are plenty of parents (not all but many) who can work but don't because they are lazy and use their kids as crutches and excuses not to work and just collect benefits. If you can work, children or not, you should work.


Sandusky should put together a "to do" list for volunteers. Cut grass, pick up litter, shovel snow.... Lots of opportunity here!

The Big Dog's back

Pretty soon we will have a community pot for chicken soup.


I think this is a good idea. I am remined of a woman I know who works at Kalahari resort. They gave her a 25 cent hourly increase a year or so ago and it immediately made her non eligible for food stamps.

So.........what did she do???? She told Kalahari she could no longer work on Wednesday only Mon and Tues and Thurs and Friday and that loos of hours on Wednesday again made her eligible for food stamps.

A short time later a school levy came up in town and she was oppossed....Why ???? she said those teachers have it so easy only work Mon thru Friday and have weekends off and all summer..........said if they had to work at a job like I do they would be glad to have what they are getting paid now.

Yep....that was her reasoning and voted against the school levy.


Why shouldn't able bodied people who are living off the government give back? This should of been mandatory for the beginning of welfare.


I'm wondering what the MINIMUM amount is per month for one person as compared to a family of four. I know a person who is getting less than $40 per month, they're on disability.

I do know the maximum for one person is $200 per month.