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Today's cuts in food stamps affect Ohioans, and safety nets have big holes
Director of food banks says they can’t meet needs caused by cuts to food- stamp program

Jo Ingles
In The Region:

Cuts in the federal SNAP program, more commonly known as food stamps, go into effect today.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks says food pantries are bracing for more Ohioans to come through their doors as a result.

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“What we are going to have is the working poor, those who won’t be able to qualify for the food-stamp program, who will now be competing for fewer resources at our food banks and pantries,” Hamler-Fugitt said.

“We don’t have it. In fact, this cut totals over $193 million over the next 11 months, and it would require our statewide network of 12 food banks and 3,300 member charities to double the amount of food they are currently distributing. And that’s not going to happen.”

Hamler-Fugitt says she is frustrated that the hunger issue has turned into a political football.

She says there is no way private charities can fill the gaps created by these cuts to the federal food stamp program.

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