The USDA has extended the summer food service program to allow schools that have been providing meals to low-income kids through the summer to continue to do so through the end of the calendar year. But not all kids getting school meals will benefit.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio National Guard members have been helping food banks out with distribution. The Guard was supposed to end its mission this month, but now will continue to help in a reduced capacity.
Congress is considering a bill that would make it easier for low-income people to get emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak. Advocates for foodbanks are requesting the state and communities make some changes too.
As the coronavirus spreads, people are being urged to prepare by stocking up on food and supplies, checking to see if they can work from home if schools and workplaces are shut down, and staying home if they’re sick. But these aren’t options for many lower-income people in Ohio.
Leaders in the Ohio Senate had a last-minute change of heart on a bill, SB165, to require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards to include a photo ID. It’s been tabled until the new year.
Under President Trump’s newly proposed budget, about 80 percent of SNAP recipients could lose about half of the credit that is currently put on their EBT cards, and would receive a box of food from the government instead.
For years now, low-income people who visited Ohio’s foodbanks could also get help filling out the paperwork necessary to get health care through the federal Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program. Due to the Trump administration, that won’t be the case anymore.