A boost in benefits will end in November.
An estimated 1.8 million Ohioans could soon see their food assistance cut. A boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, will expire at the end of October.
"For a family of four that means that they'll have $36 less a month to spend on food," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food banks.
Hamler-Fugitt says that's just one part of what she calls a "double whammy." Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip the food assistance program out of the farm bill and deal with it separately. The result has been a proposed $40 billion cut, according to Hamler-Fugitt.
"Asking the poorest of the poor to make the greatest sacrifice and go hungry, it's unconscionable," she said.
The average recipient of food assistance have an annual income for a family of four of $24,000 per year.
Hamler-Fugitt says the program was mean to be a supplemental program, but in many cases those on it cannot afford anything other than what is provided.
"Food stamp benefits run out about the second week," she said noting that if families are really good and buy in bulk they can sometimes stretch that to two-and-a-half weeks.
The cuts come at a time when demand for the program has been high. She says while jobs are being added to the economy many families are finding full time jobs of the past replaced with part-time work or low-wage jobs. She's asking Ohioans to write or call their representatives in Congress and urge them not to cut the program.