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October 25, 2021

Exploring the Thrifty Food Plan: A SNAP Shopping Experiment 

The United States Department of Agriculture released the Thrifty Food Plan in 1975, as one of four plans that estimate the cost of a healthy diet. The four plans – Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, Liberal, and Thrifty – provide guidelines for the type and amount of food, measured in pounds per week, that an individual should eat with slightly different recommendations dependent on an individual’s age...

August 30, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about using SNAP online

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Center for Community Solutions has been carefully monitoring the issue of food security for Ohioans, including nutrition policy on the federal and state level and U.S. Census Pulse data to assess the extent of the problem. Community Solutions has also been tracking grocery shopping innovation and alternatives,...

July 16, 2021

Ohioans Across the State to Continue Receiving Extra Hunger Assistance, Helping Families and Economic Recovery

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate and Emily Campbell, Associate Director and Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research While emergency allotments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were never meant to be a permanent fixture, their extension through the end of the federal public health emergency will ensure all Ohioans have a...

June 28, 2021

Need to address college student hunger gains well-deserved attention and momentum

Throughout the pandemic, federal and state government have worked together to ensure that individuals and families impacted by this unprecedented time in history were not plagued by food insecurity. Much of this work involved guaranteeing that those already eligible for benefits had numerous ways to access food, that the benefit was sufficient for a household’s...

June 21, 2021

SNAP already employs strong anti-fraud measures to ensure program integrity

By Rachel Cahill, Consultant       Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Despite no evidence of widespread fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Ohio or nationally, the Ohio Senate added last-minute provisions to the state budget that would restrict access to the...

May 23, 2021

An opportunity for Ohio to knock out child hunger this summer

By: Rachel Cahill, Consultant Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Overview Additional federal resources will be available to Ohio families this summer to cover the rising cost of groceries while school is out. The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) estimates that the Summer Pandemic-EBT program (Summer P-EBT) will provide approximately $400 million...

January 11, 2021

SNAP online food purchasing expands

Although the federal 2014 Farm Bill authorized a pilot Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online food purchasing program by early 2020 only a handful of states and retailers were onboarded. This was also subsequently the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In recent years, big box grocery retailers such as Walmart, Kroger,...

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...

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