COLUMBUS — About 1.8 million Ohioans will see their food stamp benefits decreased slightly at midnight Friday, and advocates for the poor say it’s going to hurt.
The 2009 economic stimulus bill temporarily boosted the federal food stamp program for its 48 million recipients nationwide. On Friday, the boosted benefits will expire, resulting in automatic 5.5-percent cuts to monthly distributions.
For a mother with two children, the reduction means about $29 less per month. For a family of four, it’s a cut of about $36 a month.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says she expects the program will end up taking more hits. She said a farm bill in Congress could cut food stamps by up to $40 billion over the next decade.