UPDATE 1/24/2014 11:30 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thousands of poor Ohioans lost food stamp benefits for not fulfilling work requirements, and the number is expected to rise in the coming months.
Over 10,000 people lost the benefits this month as Ohio began enforcing work requirements that were waived in recent years. The state says about 140,000 adults who don't have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week.
Thousands more food-stamp recipients are expected to lose the benefits soon because they haven't gone through an assessment of whether the work rules apply to them. For some, caseworkers with large caseloads haven't finished the assessments. Other recipients haven't showed up for assessments as requested.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The administration of Ohio Governor John Kasich plans to limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting next year.
The requirement will cover able-bodied adults without children.
They will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity, unless they live in one of 16 high-unemployment counties.
The requirements begin next month but those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until January 1.
More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps.
The exempt counties are Adams, Brown, Clinton, Coshocton, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pike and Scioto.
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