869-thousand Ohio households currently receive food stamps, but some are about to see their allotments cut.
Those cuts come as the Ohio Association of Foodbanks reports 45 percent more food and supplies were distributed in fiscal year 20-12 than three years earlier at the height of the Great Recession. The association says a difficult employment climate and increased costs for daily necessities are to blame. The increase matches the trend throughout the country, and officials fear the state's cut in food stamps will mean more Ohio families will be forced to use food pantries. Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services tells Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen how the cuts will work.