April 27, 2016
New Map the Meal Gap Data Show Food Insecurity Remains Widespread Across Ohio

"Especially in the case of working families, our foodbanks are often the only safety net that they have when a car breaks down, hours are cut at work, someone gets sick or money runs short at the end of the month," said Hamler-Fugitt. "Nearly one half of all food insecure Ohioans, or about 925,000 people, are not income eligible for SNAP, or food stamp, benefits, in spite of facing a food budget shortfall of $15.47 per person, per week. The federal safety net is not doing enough to respond to the food security crisis in our country, and all we can do as foodbanks is hope the food on our shelves doesn't run out."

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March 17, 2016
Number of kids in free-lunch program not improving with economy

"I don't want to panic people, but that's a real crisis. It's a real problem. It's starting to worry me how stubborn these numbers are," said Howard Fleeter, of the Education Tax Policy Institute. "It's 2016. The recession ended in 2010, and we've had five full years (of economic recovery). Those numbers should be lower. There is a group of people being left behind."

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March 14, 2016
Recognizing Economic Impact of Ohio Food Programs on National Ag Day

"On National Agriculture Day, March 15, and every day, we are thankful for our partners who make it possible to fuel our fight against hunger in Ohio," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director, Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Public-private partnerships like these [food] programs are needed in Ohio because hunger in the state is increasing. The programs ensure Ohioans are provided with safe, nutritious, wholesome food from the most efficient, cost-effective delivery system.

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