MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) - A rollback of $5 billion in federal stimulus money that was added to the food stamp program temporarily means benefit cuts for area families starting November 1.
In Montgomery County alone about 96,000 people or roughly 20 percent of those in the county get help from SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The cut will equal about 5 percent of benefits. For a family of three that's a loss of $29 a month.
It doesn't sound like a lot but those who get the help say with prices for things like milk and bread it all adds up.
Those with Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services say they've notified those impacted.
They say children make up 40 percent of those on food assistance and that 25 percent of people work but still need the extra help.
2 NEWS wanted to know where people can turn to make up that lost money.
"What we want people to do when the food benefit is reduced is to check with their county Department of Job and Family Services or check with their local food pantry about other assistance that might be available," says Benjamin Johnson with Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services.
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