The Toledo Blade reported on Monday that the state Department of Jobs and Family Services will begin reducing food stamps for Ohio residents beginning in 2013. Reduction estimates should total $50 per family which is about $520 million worth of yearly groceriesfrom a total of 869,000 households.
Blame it on the change in weather and the extra warm winter Ohio residents had last year
The effects of that mild winter caused residents to have lower utility bills thereby reducing the overall natural gas usage. According to the Department of Jobs and Family Services this reduced the standard utility allowance that is factored in when determining a person's eligibility for food stamps. This amount was determined by thefederal department and Ohio can do nothing to change the outcome.
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