As of last Friday, April 1, many low-income Americans were at risk of losing their S.N.A.P. (i.e. Food Stamp) benefits for failing to meet the necessary work requirements. The work requirement was suspended during the depths of the Great Recession and its accompanying high unemployment rate. As the economy and job market has recovered, many states have reinstated the work requirement for certain program recipients.
In Ohio, Governor John Kasich reinstated the requirement for most of the state. Those areas with lingering high unemployment have been exempted for the time being. What does that mean? For people still struggling to find steady jobs, pantries like NNEMAP and supporting agencies like the Mid-Ohio Food Bank will be called upon more than ever to keep food on families’ tables.
For a national perspective, you can read the Washington Post article linked here.
To find out how you can help NNEMAP feed area families in need, call 614-297-0533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.