Stamped out

Food stamp benefit decreased for Ohioans this week.
Associated Press
Oct 31, 2013

About 1.8 million Ohioans will see their food stamp benefits decrease slightly on Friday, which advocates for the poor say is going to hurt.

The 2009 economic stimulus bill temporarily boosted the federal food stamp program for its 48 million recipients nationwide. The boosted benefits expire at midnight Thursday, resulting in automatic 5.5 percent cuts to monthly distributions.

For a mother with two children, the reduction means about $29 less per month. For a family of four, it's a cut of about $36 a month, to $632.

"Thirty six dollars is significant," said Marilyn Tomasi, spokeswoman for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. "It might not be significant for some, but it certainly is to a struggling family who is hungry. You could have a whole chicken dinner once a week for that."

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks said she expects the program will end up taking more hits. She said a farm bill in Congress could cut food stamps by up to $40 billion over the next decade.

The federal food stamp program distributed $242 million in benefits to Ohioans in July, according to the most recent data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Many families that receive food stamps also rely on groceries and support from food banks and other charities to scrape by, said Michelle Riley, CEO of the Foodbank Inc. in Dayton. She said she fears there will be more of a need now for those services, which are already struggling to meet the enormous demand placed on them by the recession and persistently weak economic conditions.

"When you talk about $193 million in direct benefits being cut from the economy, that's a huge deal," Riley told The Dayton Daily News. "You can't balance the budget on the backs of poor people — that has a ripple effect."

 

Comments

JMOP

5.5% a month for food stamps! That ain't nothing! I've had to cut mine 25% a week, sometimes up to 50% a week. My loss of $50-$100 a week.
I'm sure WIC, Metro or their welfare checks will help them cover their pitiful 5.5% loss. At least I hope so, or there may be rioting in the streets.

heavyk300

I receive assistance from the "food stamp" program, also my family receives WIC, and we get medicaid. I would like to point out a few things, 1. WIC is not like food stamps, you can only buy whole grain bread, milk, 100% juice, etc... 2. Not everyone who receives food stamps is "lazy, uneducated, popping out kids" I work 32 hours a week until I can find something better to provide for my family. 3. medicaid is not as great as some people think, yes while some people find a way to abuse the system, a lot of real people are in real pain, and cannot get the help they need. Doctors look at you like some drug addicts who're faking pain just to get a fix. I have two herniated discs in my lower back, and have had to work through pain, I've had my family doctor, and two specialists look at my MRI, no pain killers, or anything. (my job isn't that hard) but I am afraid that if I get a "tougher job" that my back will completely give out and I will be unable to get off the couch. My girlfriend goes to school full time, and is trying to better our lives, and when she does land that high paying job, I will have no problem paying taxes so some other person can get help when they really need it, and they can better their quality of life. Or that person who just got laid off from their job, or just lost a spouse who was the sole bread winner. I appreciate everything that I have received, and I know that without it, I would not be able to put food on the table.

tk

Guess I don't understand that part about when your girlfriend gets a high paying job you will have no problem paying taxes. I believe she's the one who would be paying taxes. Also, the WIC program is for women, infants and children, so it would appear that your back isn't totally bad.

heavyk300

I meant we, I also said our family receives WIC, and I'm unsure how us getting WIC would make my back not "totally bad"

KnuckleDragger

^^perfect of example of gaming the system.

Unmarried couple squirting out little welfare checks. Baby mama raking in the freebies, check, SNAP, WIC, Metro, Medicaid, free school lunches, reduced utility payments, free obamaphone, free education. While baby daddy works a part time job and lives with baby mama feeding from the trough. You notice they haven't bothered to get married and make it legit because then they would likely lose all the bene's and they would have to pay for the birth of their children instead of you and I footing the bill. I bet baby mama doesn't even claim he lives with her because she would likely lose all the handouts. Gotta love the entitlement mentality, they have no problem stealing from those that are working hard and barely making it so that they can live a semi-retired lifestyle.

heavyk300

Unmarried because we cannot afford to have a wedding. If I wasn't on the case then I would pay child support you dolt. I work 32 hours because thats all my job offers, I cannot work 40 hours a week...oh and by "Obamaphone" you mean the cell phone program that was started under Bush correct? We do not have metro, we're buying our own house. Being married has nothing to do with receiving food stamps, you can be married and receive them. Try getting your information from a source other than fox news, and other republican outlets. I'm not out there selling my benefits, which I've previously stated that I'm thankful to get. I do work, You do not know me, and don't act like you do.

KnuckleDragger

Really? It would cost you less than $100 to get married by a judge. You obviously have enough money to squirt out kids. I digress, we probably paid for that. I guess your ability to debate facts is limited. Its obvious because whenever a liberal can't come up with something intelligent to say they always say the same thing, fox news, blah blah, blah. FYI Im not a republican and I didn't vote for Bush nor Obama.

heavyk300

to hell with it...you cant fix stupid...we will get married when we want to, not when some jack rabbit on the internet thinks we should...

Dr. Information

Do everything backwards (have kids, don't get married)….the new American Way.

mikesee

Why can't you work 40 hours? A second job could provide you that opportunity. Even though the free phones were not started under Obama he has promoted this program and its usage has increased by 68 percent since he became president.

heavyk300

A second job? hell the first job was hard enough to find...in all seriousness I work 32 hours a week, 3rd shift, stay up for 24+ hours two days a week so my girlfriend can go to school..I can't afford a baby sitter, even though the state can help with the cost, i just cant afford it.

LadyC

If their income is low, it doesn't matter if they are married or not. The household would have another person, thereby raising the threshold. That's pretty harsh of you to say they are stealing. Pell grants top out in the 5000s, so normally that is only about half of a year's education, the rest would be borrowed. It sounds like a struggling young couple in a bad economy to me. He is working, she is going to school. At least they are trying.

heavyk300

Thank you, I could lie and say I don't live in the household, and she would get more in food stamps, the money I would pay in child support wouldn't really be lost, and I would only have to pay a small fee for probably 200-250 dollars more in food....but I don't believe thats right, cause my parents raised me right.

Informed

You mean the free "Reaganphone", since Ronnie started the free home phone stuff. Then Bush with the free cell phones. Calling it an Obamaphone just shows your ignorance.

happyfeet64

Where in the hell did you read all that? You really should be a fiction writer. Just amazing.SMH

man4451

WHY didn't the Government STOP corporate WELFARE or FARMERS Welfare, how about the UAW welfare. They ALL get BIGGER paychecks than these MOTHERS trying to get ahead, What about the SCHOOLs that get money from the STATE Welfare then hand this money over to TEACHERS wages Welfare. Better Yet, HOW about PAY a living WAGE where people don't need WELFARE. You all are Hipacrites. So where does these people make cuts? yes the The poorest of people. So who is next, Grandma Grandpa?

sandusky2012

$632 per month for a family of 4 REALLY I don't even spend that on my family of four no wonder people are fat... LIMIT THE SODA POP AND RATION THEIR FOODS!!!!!

KnuckleDragger

I don't have that much budgeted for my family of 5. If I can do it on $100 less a month for a larger family, I'm certainly not going to shed any tears because someone on SNAP gets a few dollars less.

Informed

Please tell me your menu for feeding a family of five three meals a day for under $100 per week.

deertracker

I too would like to know that. We are a household of two but still spend about 300 per month and that includes staples and personal hygiene products. Three of my five kids are boys and they had big appetites. I am glad they are grown now! I think it is important to remember that most people on the SNAP program have jobs. Yes, there are abusers of the system but most really need the help. I also think that those that seem to be all in other people's grocery cart need to get some business. Some things are out of your control.

KnuckleDragger

Only in the liberal mind does $632/mo equate to under $100/wk. Unless you are a lard a$$ and don't bargain shop, it is fairly easy to feed 5 on less than $632/mo. I have been doing it for better than a decade.

Informed

I apologize, I misread your statement. And no, it's not easy to feed a family of five three meals a day for $523 a month if you eat healthy, fresh foods.

KnuckleDragger

It is, and we have been doing it.

Informed

Well please give me a copy of your menu for the month. I would like to know how I can achieve this.

deertracker

Crickets, crickets, crickets.......................

deertracker

It's 108.00 dollars per week to be exact. I absolutely believe you are lying!

KnuckleDragger

The more you type the more your ignorance shows. The article states $632/no for a family of 4. Only in your pea brain does that only equate to $108/wk. By what calendar do you come to the conclusion that there are almost 6 wks in a month? 632/4 wks is $158 wk. I spend $300 every 2wks on groceries. That includes meats, fruits, veges. Actually it is probably less because that includes things like toiletries and cleaning supplies, things you can't buy with food stamps, We bargain shop and clip coupons. In the summer we grow a garden an can the excess for the winter. My kids allvpack lunches for school. If you can't feed your family on $158 wk maybe you should leave out the porterhouse steaks and the cart full of junk food. Just because you don't have enough sense to be frugal doesn't make me a liar.

shucks

@ KnuckleDragger aka. Mr." It's obvious you lack the intellectual ability to debate me without the name calling"
.....Do you get foodstamps ?

Another thing, Mr. Intelligent - YOUR math is wrong.

632 x 12 mo = 7584 divided by 52 weeks = $145.84 per week.

happyfeet64

That is NOT a realistic amount. There are other variables involved to determine the actual amount and the majority of the time,it is nowhere near what you think.

mikesee

Now if you qualify for snap card and have kids in school they are getting either free/reduced breakfast and lunch. So are these people saying that being responsible for one meal per day, dinner/supper, 5 days per week that they are not getting enough money? I will shop for them.

It is true that there are many people that truly need this assistance and there are those that do work and are receiving minimal assistance. However, all people receiving aid are getting a bad rap because of the abuse of others. Until that is cleaned up you will still suffer.

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