Hunger remains a huge problem for working poor in northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND - Every other Thursday, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank gives away fresh produce.

Every time, there is a line out the door at their Waterloo Road building.

“The numbers that we're seeing now are worse than they were before the recession,” said Jamie Sullivan, Vice President of External Affairs.

Even though more people are working, there are still high numbers of people who need help feeding their families, said Sullivan.

When families earn income, the amount of government food assistance they receive is reduced, often leaving them struggling to pay for food.

There are 812,000 households in Ohio enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The program is referred to as SNAP; food assistance; or food stamps and is 100 percent federally funded.

Recipients receive funds they’re eligible for on a monthly debit card that can be used to buy food at grocery stores.

A NewsChannel 5 Investigation has uncovered SNAP recipients who receive thousands of dollars in government benefits, but don’t appear to need help paying for food.

Watch NewsChannel 5 Thursday at 11 p.m. as we reveal  “Food Assistance Flaws.”


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