With 1.7 Million Ohioans Depending on Food Assistance, Brown Calls for Action to Prevent a Government Shutdown

Unlike 2013 Shutdown Which Utilized Leftover Recovery Act Funds, a 2015 Shutdown Could Result in Loss of Food Stamps for Some of the 45 Million Americans Who Rely on SNAP to Put Food on the Table

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 from.”

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 the table.