SNAP

COMMENTARY

Being convicted of a crime has thousands of consequences besides incarceration. Some last a lifetime.

BY: - June 16, 2020

At least 77 million U.S. adults have criminal records, including nearly 7 million currently in prison or jail or on probation or parole. Typically, more than 10,000 of the incarcerated leave prison and nearly 200,000 churn through jails every week. But because more than 64,000 inmates and workers have become infected with the coronavirus so […]

SNAP benefits now can be used for online food purchasing from Walmart and Amazon

BY: - June 3, 2020

Ohioans who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their cards to purchase food online through Walmart and Amazon, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced in a news release Wednesday. During the coronavirus pandemic, many Ohioans have opted for online shopping as a safer alternative to […]

COMMENTARY

What will our social compact look like in the wake of COVID-19?

BY: - May 6, 2020

In 2019, more than 1.6 million different Ohioans needed help from a charitable food pantry because they couldn’t meet their nutritional needs without it. They were 82-year-old widowers scraping by on Social Security benefits. They were working parents with children who cobbled together a couple of important, but underpaid, jobs in food service or home […]

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. More than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit by 15% — a request Republicans rejected in the $2 […]

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SNAP ID bill is a costly, ineffective, misdirected attack on vulnerable people

BY: - January 3, 2020

Recently, the Ohio Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee recommended Senate Bill 165 to the full Senate for passage. This legislation has made the rounds in the legislature before, and as anti-hunger advocates who know the critical importance of a strong nutrition safety net, we have continually raised concerns about how its implementation would […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

BY: - December 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort […]

Fudge joins other U.S. House Dems to slam Trump’s food stamps rule changes

BY: - December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — The morning after they voted to impeach President Donald Trump, a group of U.S. House Democrats gathered outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to berate the administration for a policy that’s expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. As about a dozen House lawmakers huddled against the cold, Rep. […]

Happy Holidays, don’t get scammed: Part 2, the EBT edition

BY: - December 19, 2019

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services warned Thursday of a potential Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) scam involving the collection of credit card information from EBT recipients. Some SNAP recipients have been connected to a fraudulent customer service number and were asked to provide a credit card number so that they could be […]

Wealth and income inequality in America continuing to explode

BY: - December 11, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent is writing about, “The massive triumph of the rich, illustrated by […]

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Trump Administration’s food stamp rule change will make many Ohioans go hungry

BY: - December 11, 2019

No one should have to choose between food, paying their rent or going to the doctor. In Ohio, over 1.69 million people struggle with hunger and uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from. More than half a million of them are children. Last week, the Trump Administration finalized a new rule that will […]

Trump rule could end food stamp access for thousands in Ohio

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that’s expected to knock nearly 10,000 — or perhaps as many as 45,000 — Ohioans off food stamp benefits. It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The numbers are complicated, […]