WASHINGTON, D.C. – With more than 1.7 million Ohioans depending on
food stamps through the SNAP program in 2014 – more than 60 percent of
whom are children, the elderly, or Americans with disabilities – U.S.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today called on his Republican colleagues to
pass a clean spending bill. Brown was joined by Ohio Association of
Foodbanks Executive Director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt.
“Another shutdown would hurt all Americans, but would be particularly
hard on those that need the help the most: children, older Americans,
and those with disabilities,” Brown said. “It’s time to stop the
partisan stunts, and pass a clean continuing resolution, so that these
Ohio families don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming
While the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was able to use remaining Recovery Act funds
to continue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
in 2013, there are no contingency funds to cover the cost of SNAP
benefits if the government shuts down on Oct. 1, 2015. This could result
in the loss or interruption of food assistance for nearly 45 million
Americans. In 2014, 1.75 million Ohioans utilized SNAP to put food on
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