Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Advocates Say Another Potential Change Could Cut Ohioans SNAP Benefits


Advocates for low-income Ohioans say they’re concerned aboutyet another change proposed at the federal level for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps.

This change would allow the federal government to set the standard deduction for utility payments that people can subtract from their overall incomes to qualify for SNAP. 

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Food Banks said states set that standard right now, and it allows them flexilibity.

“Basically USDA dictates on high a one-size-fits-all. We are just seeing some really draconian provisions coming out of USDA right now," Hamler-Fugitt said.

Ohio's standard utility deduction went up just last year, and varies by size of household and income.

Hamler Fugitt says it’s too early to estimate how many would be affected, but she says this would hit seniors, people with disabilities, and rural residents hardest.

A recent proposal still being considered would cut states’ ability to automatically enroll people in SNAP if they’re receiving other benefits. The comment period just closed on that rule, and Hamler-Fugitt said there were around 80,000 comments offered on it. Hamler-Fugitt saida new analysis shows that as many as 61,000 Ohioans could lose SNAP benefits if the rule is changed.

Contact Karen at 614-578-6375 or at
Related Content