RLW will be doing a series of posts in the coming weeks related to Ohio’s Food Stamp program as well as solutions to the economic conditions which cause these programs to have high use rates. This post is a snapshot of the program as of May 2011, the latest month with released statistics.
Much like the rest of the nation, Ohio is a state where the recession hit hard and recovery never came for the majority of the population. Nowhere is this more evident than in the “Food and Nutrition Services” count, also known as Food Stamps. While unemployment and jobless numbers are more frequently mentioned in media, when the unemployed and jobless run out of unemployment insurance and tap out their savings many end up on this program.