Could you live on a food budget of $23 a week? That's the question facing Blade staffers this week as they participate in the Food Stamp Challenge. Here you can read about our thoughts and experiences as my colleagues and I have a food budget of just $23 each to stretch over five days.
The average food stamp recipient receives $138 per person, per month, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. As of February, more than 1.8 million Ohioans were receiving the assistance. In 2011, an average of 1.7 million people in Ohio received food assistance monthly. A total of $3 billion in benefits were issued in 2011 in Ohio; the program is federally funded.
-- Kate Giammarise, Blade staff writer