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May 11, 2020

Grocery shopping alternatives are great, unless you have SNAP

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began, customers across the country have been utilizing the convenience of online shopping for more than just clothes and shoes. Online shopping has become one of the most popular ways to obtain food and household essentials as it allows customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines and...

April 10, 2020

COVID-19 & Emergency SNAP Allotments: What You Need to Know

On April 7, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced the issuance emergency SNAP (food stamp) payments to many SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Will I get extra SNAP benefits? If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household size in...

April 1, 2020

Seeking Unemployment Insurance? Remember to apply for SNAP too.

Highlights: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides critical food dollars to families facing a loss of income. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP benefits will increase for many and application processes will be streamlined. Families applying for unemployment should simultaneously apply for SNAP, which can be done online at benefits.ohio.gov In response to...

January 27, 2020

SNAP Benefits: Keeping Track of the Proposed Changes

We at The Center for Community Solutions know that it can be confusing to keep straight the different proposed changes to federal programs that Ohioans depend on, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called food stamps. Just in 2019 we saw three separate proposed changes to the SNAP program. Each of these proposals...

July 29, 2019

How proposed USDA rule could affect SNAP eligibility in Ohio

In a move that will result in fewer Americans qualifying for benefits, on Tuesday the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would eliminate eligibility for households with savings and other assets.  Currently, The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 allows for states to use “categorical...

February 25, 2019

Bridging the SNAP gap: How Ohio is mitigating the federal shutdown’s lingering impact on food assistance

A month ago, amid the backdrop of a prolonged partial shutdown of the federal government, I wrote about the extreme consequences Ohio would face if federal funding for food assistance were to run out before the shutdown was resolved. Thankfully, with the shutdown ending on January 25 and the recent passage of a spending bill...