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A Columbus grocery store has some empty space in the paper products aisle. Some stores are reporting items selling out or shortages of some items, such as hand sanitizer.
Karen Kasler

As the coronavirus spreads, people are being urged to prepare by stocking up on food and supplies, checking to see if they can work from home if schools and workplaces are shut down, and staying home if they’re sick. But these aren’t options for many people in Ohio.

The All People's Fresh Market in Columbus, where low-income people can pick up produce and other items for free to save their SNAP benefits to use at grocery stores.
Karen Kasler

20,000 childless adults who are considered able-bodied and receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 29 Ohio counties will soon be getting letters telling them their benefits are being cut off if they don’t find work quickly.

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The Senate had a last-minute change of heart on a bill, SB165, that would've created more hurdles for people to access resources through food stamps. The bill to require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards to include a photo ID was tabled until the new year.

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The Trump administration wants to cut food stamp benefits for about three million Americans. 

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Dan Konik

Last month, Ohio issued food stamp benefits for February to low income Ohioans. The idea was to get needy families the assistance up front so they wouldn’t go hungry due to the federal government shutdown. But now, families are finding it hard to stretch those dollars into March. So the state is making another adjustment.

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Ohioans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have been issued checks for February to ensure they don’t go without food during the partial federal shutdown. But some needy Ohioans mistakenly think they have to use those benefits now.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Statehouse News Bureau

Under President Trump’s newly proposed budget, about 80% of SNAP recipients could lose about half of the credit that is currently put on their EBT cards, and would receive a box of food from the government instead. The director of the organization that represents the state’s food banks says it would destroy the safety net for low-income Ohioans and punish them instead.

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The Ohio House has also passed a pair of bills requiring more checks for those who administer the state’s food stamp programs. Representatives considered requiring photos on electronic benefit cards and checks on recipients for other sources of income.

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature aims to crack down on food stamp fraud. 

Jo Ingles

There’s a bill in the legislature that would add the photos of food stamp recipients to their electronic benefit transfer or EBT cards. The idea behind the legislation is to stop food stamp fraud. 

Jo Ingles

State Auditor Dave Yost has shared his recent limited audit of the federal food stamp program in Ohio with a congressional committee.

Statehouse News Bureau

Advocates for the poor in Ohio are calling on Gov. John Kasich to take action now to get more federal money for food programs.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is going to Congress. He will take his concerns about a big federal program to a House committee this week.

Jo Ingles

The state auditor has taken a look at the food stamp program in Ohio and thinks there might be some abuse. But the audit falls short of providing some specifics.