February 5, 2020
School lunch program still serving 4 in 10 Ohio students

“The folks at the top are doing fine, but the economic recovery has bypassed most middle-class families,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The number of students qualifying for the lunch program is widely considered to be a strong indicator of poverty and the strength of the economy. This year’s 40% participation rate is down from an all-time high of 45% in 2011, but still higher than the 36% before the start of the Great Recession in December 2007.

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December 4, 2019
Press Statement: Another Attack on SNAP

"SNAP has several key features that make it effective in reducing food insecurity and improving health outcomes. Congress protected and preserved SNAP in the Farm Bill it passed on a widely bipartisan basis one year ago. Today's rule and others ignore the will of Congress to prevent food insecurity through the nation's first line of defense against hunger."

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December 4, 2019
Thousands of Ohioans will lose food stamps under change by Trump administration

“The administration suggests the change will restore the ‘dignity of work,’ but there is nothing dignified about going to a job interview hungry, and nothing about the experience of hunger makes someone more employable,” Hamler-Fugitt said.

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