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Wednesday, May 30, 2007   

Columbus, OH - With booming gas and healthcare costs, more Ohioans are relying on food stamps, but the buying power of food stamps has dropped significantly in the last 10 years. Ericka Thoms with the Center for Community Solutions says Congress needs to boost food stamp funding in the U.S. Farm Bill to make sure Ohio families get the nutrition they need.

“With that budget now shrinking, because of the purchasing power shrinking, some families are seeing their kids not eat as much as they need to, which can affect growth and performance in school.”

The low buying power of food stamps could also mean many families will rely on cheaper and less nutritious food.

Over a million Ohioans use food stamps and emergency food assistance. Thoms says Ohio's tough economic climate has made food stamps even more important here.

“Ohio hasn't bounced back from the recession of the early 2000's as much as other states have. Other folks have seen a decrease in usage, in Ohio it's actually gone up.”

Food stamps are part of the U.S. Farm Bill, and Congress is in the middle of hammering that out.



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