COLUMBUS: State officials say Ohio's growing number of food stamp recipients will receive more benefits starting this month, courtesy of the federal economic stimulus bill.
The roughly 14 percent increase is worth around $25 extra per month for the average person on food stamps.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says some 12 percent of Ohioans, or 1.3 million residents, now receive food stamps.
The department's most recent statistics show Ohio's food stamp rolls during February were up 16 percent from the year before.
Executive director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says the additional benefits will help Ohioans put food on their tables and also boost the state's economy during a deep recession.
Information from the Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com.