sorry ohio obama doensn't have your back

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by John_Wensink, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Ohioans’ food stamp aid to be reduced
    Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January
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    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.
  2. Lucrum


    Well, as a nation, aren't we obese anyway?
  3. did any of you guys take government classes in school? if you had you would know that obama has nothing to do with this. these things come from congress.
    if you are upset that congress does not step up and fix the problem get the REPUBLICAN congress to do something.

  4. maxpi


    Federal govt. overspending it's income by trillions... Politicians have gotten this country where it is. Why does the most prosperous culture ever imagined in all the history of mankind have to borrow money?
  5. Lucrum


    You might want to take another look at the senate, moron.
  6. Inner-city public school eh?
    hey dumbfvck, you might want to keep up with which party controls the senate or did you miss that day yourself when they were teaching govt classes in school ?
  7. damn you lucrum, stealing my thunder:mad:

    :D :cool:
  8. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Cut it by $100 a month. Good.
  9. Ricter


    Actually, it's not "trillions", but trillion (last year), and less than that this year.

    Anyway, to answer your question: Because it's running a deficit. Now, why do Americans want to loan money to government? Because it's safer than under their mattresses.
  10. Better watch it. Street riots... burning cars.

    The "entitlement crowd" don't like getting short-changed.
    #10     Nov 13, 2012