Food Stamp Recipients Forced to Work 20 Hours a Week in Exchange for $132 a Month in Food Stamps

Not a great deal.

Ohio is apparently overrun with lazy bums needing food and whatnot. This'll teach them:

Gov. John Kasich’s administration will limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting Jan. 1.

To qualify for benefits, able-bodied adults without children 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 counties exempt because of high unemployment. The requirements begin next month; however, those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until Jan. 1.

“It’s important that we provide more than just a monetary benefit, that we provide job training, an additional level of support that helps put (food-stamp recipients) on a path toward a career and out of poverty,” said Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Right. It's for their own good to have to work 20 hours a week for an average of $132 a month in food stamps. But hey, slave labor is a great way to replace all those union jobs that Kasich eliminated, isn't it?

These right wing white guys have always been big fans of slavery. And hunger:

The announcement comes the same week as a federal report showing hunger persists in Ohio despite signs of economic improvement. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 6 Ohio families faced hunger last year, the 10th highest rate in the nation. And over the past decade, the percentage of families forced to skip meals or cut back on what they eat has grown 6.3 percentage points, higher than in all but two other states.
Digby is the proprietor of Hullabaloo.
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