"SNAP benefits for thousands of Ohioans are in jeopardy. An analysis by the Urban Institute estimates about 9,800 Ohioans would be impacted, but the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reportedly tells cleveland.com it could be as many as 45,000." -Ohio Capital Journal (read the full article here)
When my wife and I met she was a single mom, working 2 jobs and their food budget relied solely on her SNAP benefits. After moving in, SNAP was still a component of our budget. I went from a family of 2 to a family of 6 and we were struggling. She still worked, and I was in my first few years of a company trying to succeed in a down economy.
After 11 months, she started a new job and began working in the healthcare industry. We could finally feed our family on our own dime and 10 years later, I still remember how it felt to pay for our own groceries again.
This was one of the few times in my life I had no backup plan. Unlike now, I didn’t worry that my government was going to take away those critical benefits before we were ready.
I’ve been all across this district and one thing is clear, Ohioans want to work! They want to engage in their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
But under this administration Ohioans are living in fear. We cannot sit back, and allow the lifelines holding families together to be cut prematurely. Even if you’ve been fortunate to never need those services, the mom down the street, the 79 year old widow, the family whose livelihood has just been slashed when dad’s job moved overseas, they do.
This program has its flaws like any other however the administration isn’t talking about addressing flaws they are ensuring that so many more of America’s most vulnerable go hungry.
I'm not the only one who feels this way either, “The USDA is the Grinch that stole Christmas,” she added. “Shame on them.”“This is an unacceptable escalation of the Administration’s war on working families, and it comes during a time when too many are forced to stretch already-thin budgets to make ends meet,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Cleveland.com.
This must matter to all of us, and we need to #getinthegame and pay attention in 2020.