June 29, 2016
New Report Finds Ohio Has Highest Rate of Food Hardship in Midwest

Nationally, food hardship rates declined from 17.2 percent in 2014 to 16.0 percent in 2015. Ohio also saw an improvement, with its food hardship rate improving from 18.1 percent in 2014 to 17.0 percent in 2015. However, all of Ohio's Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) - including Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland-Elyria, Columbus, and Akron - had food hardship rates higher than the national average and were ranked in the top half among the nation's MSAs for highest rates of food hardship.

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June 28, 2016
Program provides nutritious meals for kids during long summer

"Where this model doesn't work are in our more rural areas where families may have to drive up to 20 minutes one way to get to a site," Payne explained. "That is not feasible for our families with limited resources and large transportation and geographic barriers." This is why the Summer Rural Delivery Meals Program was initiated in Athens County through the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

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June 26, 2016
Ohio battles summer hunger with innovative programs

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate member Japera Benson works with programs in Ohio trying to reach those kids who are missing out. "They're still hungry and they still need to eat, so a lot of these sites have weekly programs where the kids come for breakfast and lunch, and then they send food home during the weekend instead of waiting until Monday, going all that time without eating," she said.

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