SNAP

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

Bret Crow with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says, because of the shutdown, state agencies had to make February SNAP benefits available to recipients by January 20th. But he says some who receive those benefits are confused.

Sherrod Brown
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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 16:

Government Shutdown Affects Food Assistance Program

Jan 15, 2019
a photo of a grocery store with a SNAP sign in the window
JONATHAN WEISS / SHUTTERSTOCK

People who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or SNAP benefits will be getting February benefits early due to the government shutdown.  

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told states they have to distribute February benefits by January 20th, otherwise there would be no funding to cover them.

Summit County will distribute benefits on Wednesday.

a photo of a grocery store with a SNAP sign in the window
JONATHAN WEISS / SHUTTERSTOCK

A bill that ramps up scrutiny of people on food stamps is on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters say they want to crack down on fraud, but lower income advocates say that problem doesn’t exist.

The measure requires checks on eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, every quarter instead of every year.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says that this, along with other regulations that include Medicaid recipients, can lead to more administrative errors. 

Senator Says New Farm Bill Will Help Ohio Farmers

Dec 4, 2018
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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The 2018 Farm Bill tackles key issues that affect Ohio farmers. It's nearing agreement in Congressional committee.   

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