The percentage of Ohioans earning 50% or less of the poverty level, increased by 65%, according to U.S. census data.
Only three other states (Michigan, Georgia and Mississippi) saw extreme poverty go up more than 3%.
The poverty level is determined by income and is used to determine various benefits. For a family of four in Summit County, the poverty level is around $22,000 a year. To get in the poorest group, the family would be making $11,000 a year or less.
Food banks nationwide deliver about $5 billion in food to the poor, which is dwarfed by $80 billion in annual SNAP subsidies.
Last week, the House passed a bill that cuts $40 billion in SNAP subsidies over the next ten years.
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