Based on a news statement from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, February will be the final month that Ohioans can access the federal government’s additional SNAP allotments.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has provided urgent SNAP payments to families in Ohio since March 2020. Over 109,000 people in Hamilton County will be impacted by the change, according to commissioners.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the federal government increased SNAP’s monthly payments; however, as of March, SNAP participants will only receive one additional charge each month.
According to Matt Damschroder, director of ODJFS, “Just passed federal legislation is bringing the emergency SNAP allotment to a conclusion after February.” ” We will inform SNAP participants, county organizations, and our partners, including food banks, that regular payments will begin in March.”
A family of 3 would have earned $180 per month in SNAP assistance before the pandemic, but thanks to the emergency allotment, the same household has been getting $740 per month for the past 3 years.
Families all around the state were struggling with rising food prices when the decision was made to reduce the emergency SNAP funding.