"CINCINNATI - Ohio residents who use food stamps will see a reduction in their benefit starting January.
The $50 monthly reduction comes as a result of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses.
In the wake of last year's warm winter and lower natural gas prices those who receive the standard utility allowance have theoretically saved money and will, therefore, receive less money for food.
However, not everyone uses natural gas to heat their home or apartment says Ben Johnson with Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services and so some families will simply have their food allowance cut without the benefit of a lower utility bill.
‘Some people use home heating oil, some people use propane, some people use electric and we're aware of that so those people might not see an actual decrease in their utility cost but they will see the same decrease in their benefits because of the decrease in the standard utility allowance,’ said Johnson…."