Thousands of food stamp recipients in the state will soon have to work to receive the assistance.
Starting next month more than 130 thousand adults in Ohio will be required to work, train, or volunteer in order to receive food stamps. The change was rolled out by the governor's office. For the past few years, Ohio has taken advantage of a federal waiver exempting recipients from the work requirements because of high unemployment rates. Allen County officials say the challenge will be finding meaningful work opportunities for the more than one thousand people affected in our county.
Steven Barker says the agency is seeking the help of area non-profit's in finding work opportunities. While the requirement goes into effect in October, those receiving food stamps who don't meet the new requirements won't lose benefits until January 1st.