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Ohio to Add Work Requirement for Adults Receiving Food Stamps

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The state of Ohio plans to limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed counties starting in 2014.

The new requirement will cover able-bodied adults without children. They will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity unless they live in one of 16 high-unemployment counties. Counties exempt from the new rule are Adams, Brown, Clinton, Coshocton, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pike and Scioto.

The requirements begin next month but those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until January 1.