Ohio’s SNAP Work Requirements Disproportionately Affect Black Residents

While Ohio will allow some counties out of work requirements for food assistance, the state’s policy means that most African-Americans recipients will not be exempt.

A new report from the non-partisan think tank Center for Community Solutions finds that Ohio’s law, which exempts counties with high unemployment levels from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) work requirements, disproportionately benefits white rural residents.

“There certainly are other urban areas where maybe the county itself doesn’t have a high unemployment rate, but the cities are experiencing tremendous unemployment difficulties, particularly in minority populations,” says Adam White, policy and planning assistant with the Center for Community Solutions.

Federal officials have allowed states to enact…

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