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Religious leaders caution Kasich about Ohio food stamp changes
New work requirements are set to take effect in January

Jo Ingles
The Rev. Tim Ahrens says food stamp changes could hurt vets.
Courtesy of First Church, Columbus
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Some leaders of Ohio’s faith communities are urging Gov. Kasich and state leaders not to stiffen work requirements and make other changes to Ohio’s food stamp program. The Rev. Tim Ahrens of Columbus says veterans are among those who will be hurt the most if the changes take effect in January.

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Without food stamp benefits, veterans who are on the edge of homelessness and children who have been out of the foster care system and others who are very vulnerable will be without food stamps. (:13)

Federal cuts in food stamps already have affected more than 400,000 older and disabled people in Ohio and nearly 800,000 children.

The average family in Ohio got $287 a month in food stamps in 2012.

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