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Bill Morrison, director of Butler County Jobs and Family Services, said there should be no delays in food assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, cash assistance and other programs to assist low income families and those who are unemployed.
Morrison said the daily average of SNAP applications have increased over the past few weeks. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily average was 64. On March 13, that number dropped to 56 before jumpin to124 on March 16. As of Monday, it was 207.
He said BCJFS staff has been working from home after receiving state approval to move their desktop computers so they could work from home.
“That was a lifesaver because it helped to reduce the possible spread of coronavirus to protect the staff,” Morrison said.
He said the OhioMeansJobs office in Fairfield has computers for people to apply for unemployment if they need to. Morrison said they system is not functioning well because of the increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re fielding lots of calls and visits and trying to be as helpful as possible,” Morrison said.
Total Butler County SNAP applications
Daily average prior to COVID-19: 64
March 13: 56
March 16: 124
March 17: 116
March 18: 107
March 19: 140
March 20: 110
March 23: 181
March 24: 119
March 25: 111
March 26: 98
March 27: 113
March 30: 207
SOURCE: BUTLER COUNTY JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES