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10/09/18: Proposed changes to work requirements for food stamps could mean more struggle to get food (View)

"Congress has pushed its vote on the Farm Bill until at least after the midterm elections in November. Much of the delay is over the work requirements that would allow some to either get money to buy food or not. Mary O'Shea, director of advocacy at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, says the delays are an attempt to make a much harsher policy. 'The reality is that there are already work requirements,' said O'Shea."

09/20/18: Ohio Groups Criticize Food Stamp Cuts in Farm Bill (View)
Ohio Groups Criticize Food Stamp Cuts in Farm Bill

Advocacy and policy groups from across the state are decrying proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, in the 2018 Farm Bill.

09/10/18: Why the Farm Bill Matters - Ohio (View)
Why the Farm Bill Matters - Ohio
The farm bill provides the heart of our collective commitment that no one in Ohio or anywhere
across this great nation should go hungry. The nutrition assistance programs contained in this
legislation feed tens of millions of children, seniors, veterans and other hungry Americans in every
county across the United States.

The farm bill provides the heart of our collective commitment that no one in Ohio or anywhere across this great nation should go hungry. The nutrition assistance programs contained in this legislation feed tens of millions of children, seniors, veterans and other hungry Americans in every county across the United States.

08/01/18: 16.2 Percent of Households in Ohio Struggle to Afford Enough Food (View)

Columbus, Ohio, August 1, 2018 — Despite an improving economy, 16.2 percent of households in Ohio reported that they struggled to buy enough food for themselves and their families during 2016–2017, according to a new report released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group).

06/28/18: Senate Farm Bill Passes with Wide Bipartisan Vote of 86 to 11 - Senator Brown and Senator Portman demonstrated true bipartisanship (View)

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, our 12 Feeding America Foodbanks, 3,300 member charities and the 2 million Ohioans we serve commend and thank Senators Brown and Portman for supporting the Senate farm bill and rejecting an amendment that would have taken away food assistance from many Ohioans and imposed burdensome requirements on SNAP participants and our state.

06/21/18: Press Statement: House Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity, Unlike Bipartisan Senate Bill (View)

"The House farm bill passed today is a betrayal of the longstanding, bipartisan commitment our country has made for decades to ensure all Americans have access to adequate nutrition. Along with the nearly 1.4 million Ohioans who use SNAP to put basic groceries on the table - including children, seniors, working families and people living with disabilities - we turn to the Senate to do better."

06/13/18: Press Statement: Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Responsible Way Forward to Protect Nutrition Programs (View)

"Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill on a broad bipartisan basis. We join with a wide array of groups, stakeholders, advocates and community members in applauding the Committee's approach. Unlike the House Farm Bill, this legislation protects SNAP, making responsible investments in program integrity and workforce development without risking access to basic nutrition assistance for vulnerable Americans."

06/11/18: LISTEN: Summer Programs Take Bite Out of Ohio Hunger (View)

Besides serving nutritious meals, Whitmer adds many summer programs offer educational and recreational activities to keep kids engaged. "Studies show that there's learning loss over the summer, so it's a way of having activities and it's a way to keep kids interested during the summertime," she points out. Find a summer meal site by texting 877-877 and typing in a ZIP Code.

05/25/18: Letter: A war on SNAP is a war on the poor (View)

"Instead of attacking and working to undermine the SNAP program, Congress should vote to strengthen and increase food assistance benefits to ensure low-income Ohioans can afford to purchase nutritious, wholesome food and live healthier and productive lives."

05/22/18: Beacon Journal editorial: Better outcomes with a bipartisan farm bill (View)

"Senate Republicans and Democrats already have announced their intention of crafting a bipartisan farm bill. Which means staying away from such careless changes to food assistance. House Republicans have reason to take the cue, if they are interested in a bipartisan majority for the farm bill."

05/13/18: Letter: Struggling single moms have enough obstacles (View)

"Parents are sitting around their kitchen tables trying to figure out how they can afford to make the car repair they need to get to work or pay for their child's field trip at school. Some House Republicans want those parents to have to prove over and over again that they're working at least 20 hours per week, so they can keep their SNAP benefits. This kind of burdensome overreach doesn't show trust in moms to know best. It's bad public policy and Ohio's congressional members shouldn't stand for it."

04/27/18: Oh, SNAP! An explainer from Vox about the House Farm Bill (View)

LISTEN: A new farm bill, fresh out of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, could force over two million people off the program. Vox's Tara Golshan explains why Republicans want to put SNAP recipients to work, and Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities talks about the program's bipartisan past.

04/26/18: Letter to the Editor: Protect food assistance lifeline (View)

"As director of one of the area's large food pantries, we see families struggle to make ends meet. Many are working two or more jobs and still can't make their resources last through the month. Instead of proposing to punish the poor and reduce access to nutritious food, Congress should focus on creating policies to end hunger and lift people out of poverty." Henri Etta Fletcher-Lockhart, Director, Akron Bible Church Baskets of Love

04/23/18: GOP push for 'welfare reform' tucked inside farm bill (View)

Current law requires able-bodied adulst between 18 and 49 with no dependents to work at least 20 hours per week or receive an equivalent amount of job training to qualify for [SNAP] benefits. The new GOP-pushed measure would change that age range to 18 to 59. It also would impose the work requirements on those with children over age six. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said the new requirements include 'some of the most punitive provisions I've ever seen in 30 years of doing this work.'

04/18/18: LISTEN: Historic Changes to SNAP Could Mean More Hunger in Ohio (View)

"Let me be clear," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "The current bill as it stands will increase hunger and contribute to escalating health care costs instead of maintaining our country's long-term commitment to providing hunger relief and working to prevent hunger and food insecurity."

04/12/18: Press Statement: House Farm Bill Proposal Undermines Effective, National Response to Hunger (View)

"The Farm Bill impacts everything from how our food is grown to who can afford to purchase it. The recently released partisan 2018 House Farm Bill proposal undermines access to basic nutrition assistance for people living on the margins. Instead of maintaining our country's long-term commitment to preventing hunger and ensuring access to basic groceries when our fellow Americans fall on hard times, it kicks older workers and families with children to the curb."

02/13/18: Press Statement in Response to President Trump's Budget (View)

"These continued attacks on proven programs that help tens of millions of low-income Americans achieve better health, higher productivity and increased financial stability are shameful. We call on Ohio's congressional delegation to speak loudly and stand firmly against these attempts to punish average American families and widen income inequality in our country."

01/31/18: Letter: Medicaid and SNAP aren't job programs (View)

"Taking food stamps away from people already living on the margins has led to increased demand on our charitable hunger relief network, rather than increased access to work. Taking Medicaid away by imposing similar work requirements will undoubtedly lead to poorer health outcomes."

01/27/18: Letter: SNAP rules keep many hungry (View)

"Make no mistake: cutting spending on a nutrition program that keeps kids, people with disabilities, low-wage workers and older adults from going hungry is bad governing."

01/03/18: Filling basic needs (View)

Asking for help was an emotional process for Felicia Love, a young mother who was visiting the Marietta Community Food Pantry for the first time in a long time. "The cupboards are bare. I need food and help for my babies," Love said, dabbing her wet cheeks. "We get assistance but after you pay the bills and everything, there's nothing left."

12/19/17: LISTEN: Groups call GOP Tax Plan a "Lump of Coal" for Struggling Ohioans (View)

Republicans are rushing to get their tax overhaul on the president's desk before Christmas - a plan that anti-poverty groups say is a generous gift for the rich and a lump of coal for those in need.

12/02/17: Press Statement in Response to Passage of Senate Tax Bill (View)

In Ohio, the average SNAP recipient – likely a child, disabled adult or senior – receives $123 to help them buy groceries. The calls for cuts to programs like these are already being made, even as the tax legislation moves toward conference committee.

11/28/17: Ohio's Plan for CHIP as Federal Funding Runs Out (View)

LISTEN: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt says CHIP is a well-liked program and failing to keep funding it is essentially like cutting Medicaid for kids. "Why in the world would Congress, any member of Congress, put tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy above health care for children is just baffling."

11/17/17: Press Statement: $1.5 trillion increase to deficit will lead to deep cuts to vital programs (View)

"I struggle to see how this tax bill spells the 'tax relief to the middle class' that Senator Portman avows. What I do plainly see is how a $1.5 trillion increase to the deficit will lead to cuts to programs that millions of Ohioans need: SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, housing assistance, disability assistance, Pell Grants, child care, Social Security and more. Nothing will be off-limits if this bill passes the Senate."

11/15/17: Summer Initiatives 2017 (View)

An overview of programs and partnerships that the Ohio Association of Foodbanks engaged in to prevent childhood hunger during summer 2017.

10/30/17: LISTEN: Federal plans could reverse Ohio's progress on poverty (View)

Ohio is making strides in fighting poverty, but a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks warns that progress could be undermined by proposed cuts at the federal level.

10/24/17: SFY 2017 Annual Report (View)
10/20/17: Press Statement: Budget bill, tax cuts threaten longstanding, proven programs that serve tens of millions (View)

"Last year, we gave basic groceries - usually three to five days' worth - to seniors nearly 1.7 million times. Just picture that. 1.7 million times, a senior in Ohio was forced to come to a food pantry because they couldn't afford enough food on their own. How will tax cuts for the wealthy help them? Who should our programs and policies really be serving?"

10/06/17: Proposed budget would gut anti-hunger programs (View)

"Elected officials know that I'm not going to take it easy on them when it comes to policies that impact low-income Ohioans," writes Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "I've had the opportunity to attend hundreds of meetings with state and federal policymakers, testify before our state legislature and before congressional committees and comment on how proposals would affect people living at or near poverty levels. That's how government should work, and how it has worked throughout the three decades I've been an advocate. Those governing need to hear from us."

09/22/17: Press Statement: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Exits Navigator Program (View)

"Without adequate funding or a viable path forward, we have been forced to make an impossible choice. It is with incredible disappointment that we regrettably announce our decision to exit the Navigator program. Help will still be available by contacting the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 or by visiting The ACA remains the law of the land, and Open Enrollment in 2018 Marketplace plans will take place from November 1 through December 15, 2017."

09/16/17: Navigators for Ohio's uninsured shocked by 71% cut in funding (View)

"In Ohio and across the nation, navigator groups provide a variety of services, including providing outreach to people about how to obtain health coverage, helping them decide which insurance plans best meet their needs, and getting them signed up. Federal regulators had invited the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to apply for a $1.7 million grant. Now, they've been given two weeks to come up with a revised budget and plan for about a quarter of their annual spending."

09/09/17: Press Release: Ohio health care navigators left with no contract, no answers (View)

Navigator grantees like the Ohio Association of Foodbanks have been left without answers or information, with no expectation about when grant contracts or funding amounts would be issued. "Our navigators are doing yeoman's work. Now, we've had to inform these nonprofits that we have no information, no official guidance, no contract and no funding. On top of that, consumers across Ohio will likely have nowhere to turn, and we will lose the momentum we've gained approaching the new open enrollment period. This is an unimaginable and heartbreaking situation. It's unconscionable."

09/08/17: Op-ed from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt: Slashing Navigator funding will hurt consumers, reverse progress (View)
09/07/17: Press Statement: New Food Security Report Demonstrates Value of Anti-Hunger Programs (View)

"While the prevalence of food insecurity remains higher than the national average, we have made some modest progress toward increased food security for vulnerable people in our state. It's a small change, and not a statistically significant one. There's much work to do, and to keep doing. But we are encouraged that Ohioans are starting to realize small improvements in their ability to feed themselves and their families."

09/02/17: Press Statement: Slashing navigator funding will harm consumers (View)

"Thanks to affordable options through the Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, nearly 1 million Ohioans have gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. We view that as an undeniable success, and we urge lawmakers, including Ohio's congressional delegation and Ohio Governor John Kasich, to press the Trump Administration to continue to invest in the advertising and outreach efforts that are vital to maintaining and growing upon that success."

07/26/17: Press Statement: Erosion of Health Care Access, Affordability Would Harm All Ohioans (View)

"All Ohioans, including the millions who receive coverage through employers, depend on a stable, balanced health insurance market - the one built by the Affordable Care Act that protects individuals when illness strikes and prevents middle-income families from falling into medical bankruptcy. None of us should want to return to a time when one diagnosis or job loss could throw a family into poverty."

07/22/17: Press Statement: House Budget Would Endanger Older Adults, People Living with Disabilities and Children (View)

"Ohio's charitable hunger relief network is committed to feeding the hungry in our community. But if Ohio families lose SNAP benefits, we won't be able to make up the difference. Members of Ohio's congressional delegation should protect SNAP and other povety-reduction programs in the federal budget."

06/21/17: Editorial from The Plain Dealer: Ohio lawmakers should stand up for the hungry (View)

"If federal budget cutbacks go into effect, poor children, seniors and adults can add hunger pangs to their list of woes. State and federal elected officials ought to be scrambling to change this grim picture. Food assistance is the right thing to do for people but also because hunger can drive up health costs and reduce academic achievement."

06/14/17: Press Release: Trump Budget Would Shift Huge SNAP Costs to Ohio, Put Ohioans at Risk of Going Hungry (View)

"Ohio's congressional delegation must reject any proposal that puts Ohioans - including children, seniors, and people with disabilities - at risk of not getting enough to eat," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The President's budget would force states to cover 10 percent of SNAP costs beginning in 2020, increasing to 25 percent in 2023 and beyond. 

06/06/17: Former AmeriCorps VISTA members pens Letter to the Editor (View)

"My experience as a VISTA was life-changing," writes Jessica May, "and I am appalled and disappointed that President Trump's budget proposes a complete elimination of AmeriCorps. I encourage our members of Congress to renew our country's investment in these longstanding, bipartisan programs."

05/27/17: Editorial from the Akron-Beacon Journal: A presidential budget that picks on the needy (View)

"Those put in jeopardy [by the president's budget] would be the needy or working families looking to make ends meet, many of whom voted for the president. Together, they would see a reduction equivalent to more than two times the food provided each year through the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. That is the hardship the president proposes."

05/25/17: Editorial from The Vindicator in Youngstown: Valley has 87,350 reasons for stable aid to foodbanks (View)

"For state senators looking for a rationale to undo the harm the state House seeks to inflict on Ohio's network of foodbanks, we can easily point to 1,852,870 good reasons in Ohio, including 87,350 right here in the Mahoning Valley. These food-insecure residents of the Valley and their supporters are counting on state senators to do the right thing."

05/24/17: Press Statement: Our Response to Proposals to Cut SNAP Included in President's Budget (View)

"In Ohio, more than 84 percent of all SNAP participants are children, seniors or people living with disabilities. What happens to these households, who already live on the brink, when they lose 25 percent of their SNAP benefits? Members of Congress should take note: Community members across Ohio won't stand for this shameful attack on our loved ones and neighbors."

05/21/17: Editorial from the Akron-Beacon Journal: Help foodbanks meet the need (View)

"Sufficient food translates to better health. It enhances looking for employment and keeping a job. It frees room in limited household budgets to cover the costs of other basics, including housing. For children, it means performing better in school. More, all of us benefit. The reductions [in federal SNAP benefits] in recent years have resulted in fewer sales for grocers and retailers, diminished sales tax revenue and less economic activity. It makes sense then for the Ohio Senate to step up."

05/03/17: LISTEN: Ohio Foodbank Leader Disappointed by $1 Million in Funding Cuts in New Budget (View)

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt says the House did the unthinkable and cut foodbank funding by $1 million. "Cutting funding for Ohio's foodbanks for the first time in two decades is a slap in the face to 3,300 hunger relief organizations throughout the state and the Ohio farmers who work hard to provide this food."

05/02/17: Press Statement: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Response to House Budget Bill (View)

"The House version of H.B. 49, passed today, includes an amendment to cut funding to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks by $1 million over the 2018-19 biennium. We implore the Senate to restore this funding to our network, which relies on a proven, efficient system to respond to the needs of hungry people in our state."

03/23/17: Losing Ground: An update on meals lost in Ohio (View)

A research brief originally released in December 2014, updated in March 2017 to reveal 875 million meals lost (and counting) from cuts and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that went into effect in late 2013.

03/18/17: LISTEN: Trump Budget Reaction - Ohio Kids Could Go Hungry (View)

Ohio's largest hunger-fighting network says it is deeply concerned about the potential impacts of President Trump's federal budget outline. The lights would be shut off at 19 federal agencies, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps VISTA in Ohio. Maureen Allen, who oversees the program for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said VISTA members work on projects that foster community change. "They make a very modest living allowance and get an education award to pay off student loan debt or go back to school." She said it's a win-win for the communities and VISTA members.

03/17/17: Press Statement: Budget Blueprint Would Disinvest in Proven Programs and Harm Vulnerable People (View)

"The budget blueprint released earlier today by the Trump administration proposes eliminating a long list of programs that have been critical parts of the fabric of our country and local communities. The administration has proposed these cuts in a desire to reduce spending, but as Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, we know that these cuts will actually result in increased burdens on state and local governments, increased poverty, hunger and homelessness, and increased suffering for the least among us."

03/17/17: LISTEN: President Trump's Proposed Budget Would Hurt Ohio's Neediest (View)

The president's budget cuts funds for many domestic programs, including anti-poverty programs that help needy families across the state. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the budget cuts will also directly impact Ohioans who rely on emergency food pantries to help feed their families.

03/04/17: Unintended consequences of ACA repeal and Medicaid reform are real (View)

"We see the connection between hunger and negative health outcomes driving up costs for the state and for all Ohioans. SNAP is a critical safety net that affords our most vulnerable citizens with steady access to healthy, nutritious and affordable food, which could be at risk as part of shifting priorities. Even though many of the 700,000 low-income adults who currently rely on Medicaid as their healthcare lifeline rely on SNAP as their lifeline for food." 

03/02/17: Fewer Ohio kids poor enough to qualify for free school lunches (View)

The percentage of Ohio students receiving free or subsidized school lunches dropped to 41 percent this year, a 2-percentage-point decline and the largest since the end of the Great Recession seven years ago. That's the good news. The bad news: More than 4 in 10 school-age kids are still living in poor households. "We're heading in the right direction, but we are lagging where we were" before the recession, said Howard Fleeter, an education analyst.

02/24/17: LISTEN: Calls for a Unified Approach to Fight Hunger in Ohio (View)

Chad Buurma, president of Buurma Farms in Huron County said, "I'm seeing people that I've known all my life and they're getting vegetables, things I take for granted. It breaks your heart in a sense, but it's also very satisfying to know that you can help out in that particular way." Currently, the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program and the state's other anti-hunger programs are run separately with limited flexibility. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is asking state leaders to unify the programs under one $30 million request in the biennial budget.

02/10/17: Child Hunger Fighters Come Together to Plan for Summer (View)

The beginnings of spring may still be several weeks away, but Ohio's Summer Food Service Program providers are already busy planning for summer. Today, more than 250 people attended a statewide summit focused on expanding the scope and reach of the Summer Food Service Program in Ohio.

01/25/17: FY2016 Independent Economic Impact Analysis on Food Programs (View)
01/23/17: Obamacare, Medicaid-expansion recipients in Ohio fear repeal (View)

Breast-cancer survivor Susan Halpern said she is terrified about losing her health care coverage. "I'm trying to figure out a way to survive and keep some kind of health insurance," she said. Nearly 1 million Ohioans are covered under the ACA's expansion of Medicaid coverage and creation of an insurance exchange marketplace that offers federal subsidies to help many Americans pay premiums.

01/10/17: LISTEN: Hunger relief groups asking for increased funding to programs (View)

Governor John Kasich has warned state agencies and associations that this year's budget will be tight. However, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks believes that's exactly why Governor Kasich needs to increase funding for hunger relief. The association says the possible recession that Governor Kasich has been warning about means more people will be in need of this kind of support.

12/16/16: Half of Athens County population eligible for foodbank assistance (View)

"Hunger is a completely preventable problem," said Asti Payne of the SE Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen. "This $30 million per year request will help put several of our proven feeding initiatives under one funding umbrella that will reduce administrative costs while providing flexibility in delivering real hunger relief." 

12/11/16: Food-help eligibility up 23 percent in Franklin County (View)

The number of people eligible for emergency food assistance from Ohio foodbanks grew at a faster rate in the Columbus metro area than any other metro area in the state since 2009. "I really worry this is the new norm seven years out from the Great Recession," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "It's a wake-up call. Wages are still continuing to lag behind."

12/09/16: Press Release: Fewer Ohioans Live in Self-Sufficient Households, Seven Years After Recession (View)

"Unfortunately, there are few exceptions to what seems to be a new norm for Ohio households," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "With the serious potential for deep, harmful cuts and changes to programs like SNAP and Medicaid at the federal level, we urge Ohio to make its own investments in policies and programs that promote livable wages and support emergency safety nets."

11/28/16: Hunger increasing in Clark, Champaign counties (View)

The demand from seniors has ticked up over the past several months. "We're really concerned about that because once seniors hit our food pantry lines, they're likely not able to leave them," Novotny said. "They're living on fixed incomes and there's really not a lot of wiggle room with what they have to work with to stretch their food purchasing dollars."

11/21/16: Summer Initiatives 2016 (View)

An overview of programs and partnerships that the Ohio Association of Foodbanks engaged in to prevent childhood hunger during summer 2016.

11/15/16: SFY 2016 Annual Report (View)
11/01/16: It's No Trick: Time to Shop for Marketplace Health Insurance (View)

LISTEN: "We want to encourage people not to get caught up in the noise around the Affordable Care Act and insurance plans available through the Marketplace," notes Joree Novotny from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "Many consumers that have met with us have expressed afterward how pleasantly surprised they've been with the affordable coverage options they have."

10/14/16: Ohio Hunger Factors Index 2015 (View)
09/20/16: Ohioans Urged to Pitch In for Hunger Action Month (View)

"Think locally, act locally," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "Be involved by advocating, raising awareness, volunteering or donating your time, your talent or your treasure."

09/17/16: Ohio's poverty rate declined, income rose in 2015 (View)

Ohio's poverty rate dropped and the median household income rose last year, according to new U.S. Census Bureau reports. "Any reduction in poverty is a good thing," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "We're seven years out from the end of the great recession and this is the first positive sign. Their lives are better." But there is still a "tremendous" amount of work that needs to be done, Hamler-Fugitt said.

09/17/16: Census: Incomes increasing, poverty declining (View)

"Fourteen-point-eight percent of Ohioans are still living in poverty," said Joree Novotny, director of communications for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "There's still a really high percentage of folks that are living paycheck to paycheck." Making enough to climb above the federal poverty level is a good step, Novotny said, but it's not the final benchmark to look at because families making 200 percent of that level still qualify for help from foodbanks.

09/09/16: Groups Getting $2M to Help Enroll Ohioans in Health Plans (View)

The food bank association will get about $1.7 million to help people sign up. The group will walk people through the process of enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance. Enrollment for 2017 plans starts November 1.

09/07/16: Federal Grant Will Continue to Help Connect Ohioans with Health Coverage (View)

"For the fourth consecutive year, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its network of strategic consortium members was awarded a federal Navigator grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This $1.7 million grant will allow us to provide Navigator services throughout Ohio, educating consumers about affordable health care coverage options and helping them to enroll in coverage that meets their needs and their budgets."

09/02/16: WATCH: ShareCorps Celebrates 10 Years of National Service! (View)

Our AmeriCorps VISTA program is celebrating a decade of service! Hear from some of our alums about what their service meant to them, and why they believe you should join our national service family. Apply for open positions at

08/12/16: Program Helps Ohio's Hungry Enjoy Nature's Harvest (View)

The value of fresh, local food is being celebrated during National Farmers Market Week, but lower-income Ohioans are often unable to partake in nature's harvest. The Agricultural Clearance Program works to solve those problems by making local farmers' excess produce available to Ohioans who struggle to get by, including the one in six considered food insecure.

07/31/16: Weekend food program offered by NOCAC (View)

The bag children get have a lot of items inside that would appeal to their appetites. "My big thing is quality," said Weber. "You get the food in these bags that are very kid-friendly. There's little single bowls of Lucky Charms in there and soups. I was impressed by how well the beef stew tasted."

07/28/16: The Slow-Moving Disaster Happening at Farms Around America (View)

In Ohio, Erin Wright oversees the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, which serves as a direct link between farmers with excess produce and foodbanks that provide food to hungry Ohioans. "It helps them out, it helps us out, it helps the clients out and helps sustainability across the board for everyone," Wright told HuffPost.

07/22/16: API donates $120,000 to Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)

"We are especially pleased to have the opportunity to support those in need with this donation," said Jack Gerard, API President and CEO. "Ohio knows the importance of turning our still-struggling economy around. No family should struggle to pay for food. We can do better as a nation to support households struggling to pay for food and meeting basic needs."

07/01/16: The Ohio Benefit Bank - 10th Anniversary Retrospective (View)
06/30/16: New Report Finds Ohio Has Highest Rate of Food Hardship in Midwest (View)

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.

06/29/16: Program provides nutritious meals for kids during long summer (View)

"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.

06/27/16: Ohio battles summer hunger with innovative programs (View)

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.

06/22/16: More than 200 students being served daily at Reynoldsburg High School's Summer Meals Program (View)
06/16/16: Report finds fewer Ohio children accessed summer meals (View)
06/14/16: Report Finds Fewer Ohio Children Accessed Summer Meals in 2015 (View)

The federal Summer Food Service Program requires that children consume meals on-site, and Ohio struggles to keep up with other states. FRAC's Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation report found that among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Ohio's rank nationally fell to 40, from 38 in summer 2014. "We believe this program needs to be modernized to help sponsors and sites successfully reach children in need," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "Otherwise, Ohio children will always be at a disadvantage because of our state's diverse geography and the way the program is currently structured."

06/10/16: Morrow, Marion Counties to host summer food programs for area kids (View)
04/29/16: LISTEN: Food Insecurity Continues to Plague 1 in 6 Ohioans (View)

"In Ohio, we're falling about 343 million meals short in our food insecure households' ability to afford enough food on their own," said Joree Novotny with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "We make up for that as best we can in our charitable network, but we certainly cannot respond to that gap on our own. This is not the time to weaken nutrition programs that help our kids."

04/28/16: New Map the Meal Gap Data Show Food Insecurity Remains Widespread Across Ohio (View)

"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."

04/19/16: Letter to the Editor: Keep open state prison farms (View)

"Lisa Hamler-Fugit, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, said more than 805,000 pounds of vegetables had been harvested through an eight-year public-private partnership with the correction department. Families served by a dozen regional food banks benefit from this partnership. It is wrong to deny them fresh food."

04/18/16: Ohio foodbanks will suffer from prison farm shutdown, advocates say (View)

The news that Ohio's 10 prison farms will be shut down and sold floored Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. She immediately pictured 805,000 pounds of vegetables - 20 tractor-trailer loads - and $204,000 in cash crops going out the door. That's how much fresh food and cash the foodbanks association harvested over eight years through a public-private partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

03/30/16: Daytonian of the Week: Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, Inc. in Dayton, OH (View)
03/18/16: Number of kids in free-lunch program not improving with economy (View)

"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."

03/15/16: Recognizing Economic Impact of Ohio Food Programs on National Ag Day (View)

"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.

03/15/16: FY2015 Independent Economic Impact Analysis on Food Programs (View)
03/10/16: LISTEN: Volunteers Boosting Anti-Poverty Work in Ohio (View)

Volunteers who boost poverty-fighting work in Ohio are being honored during National AmeriCorps Week. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks places AmeriCorps VISTA members at anti-hunger and anti-poverty nonprofit organizations, where they build organizational, administrative and financial capacity. "We really care about the cause," said VISTA member Taylor Vaughn. "We actually are willing to go that extra mile and make the difference that we are here to make."

03/02/16: Ohio Ag Clearance Program benefits farmers, families in need (View)

"The Agricultural Clearance Program is a perfect example of the public and private sector seeing a good return on investment while fulfilling the most basic of all human need. As the program has grown, so has interest in the fresh produce that before just wasn't a cost-effective option for people trying to maximize their government assistance every month. One of the primary missions of the program is to help everyone have the opportunity to be healthier by consuming foods that have beneficial nutritional value."

03/02/16: States reduce jobless checks, adding pressure to unemployed (View)

Ohio could be the next state to shorten benefits. A bill by Rep. Barbara Sears would cut benefits to as few as 12 weeks. A coalition of Ohio health and human services gropus has warned that shorter unemployment benefits could increase poverty. "Once you fall into poverty, the chances that you're going to be able to get back out are going to be pretty difficult," Lisa Hamler-Fugitt said.

01/26/16: LISTEN: Health Care Enrollment Deadline Nears: Ohio Navigators Standing By (View)

For people concerned about their ability to pay a monthly premium, Zach Reat of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says financial assistance is available. And he adds that more than eight in 10 Ohioans have qualified for the tax credit. "Ohioans have accessed over $294 per month on average when it comes to that credit so it is significant for Ohioans and it is helping Ohioans afford insurance," he states.

01/20/16: Crunching the Numbers: Free Tax Help Available in Ohio (View)

Tax season is here and some Ohioans can get free help crunching the numbers. Sites are located around the state and an appointment can be made online at Last year, The Ohio Benefit Bank helped file federal and state tax returns for over 25,000 households, claiming nearly $48 million in refunds and tax credits.

01/12/16: Unemployment benefits changes would 'dismantle' anti-poverty program, advocates say (View)

House Bill 394, a sweeping overhaul of the state's unemployment system, goes farther than any other state to limit benefits to the unemployed, according to Advocates for Ohio's Future, a coalition of nearly 500 health and human services organizations. "If HB 394 is passed, it will dismantle Ohio's most effective anti-poverty program," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, co-chair of the coalition and executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

01/11/16: Many seniors not eating well enough (View)

In the last quarter of 2007, 158,599 older Ohioans depended on the supplemental-food services [of foodbanks]. In the last quarter of 2015, 411,570 did -- a nearly 160 percent increase. "Seniors are always the last ones to show up, and when they do, they're usually in desperate need," Hamler-Fugitt said.

01/09/16: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Named Co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio's Future (View)

"I am honored and humbled to serve as co-chair of Advocates for Ohio's Future, an incredibly critical and powerful voice for low-income and vulnerable Ohioans," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, who was named co-chair today following the retirement of Col Owens, an AOF co-chair since 2013.

12/23/15: Press Statement: Governor John Kasich Provides Year-End Boost to Ohio's Foodbanks (View)

"Once again, as he has done so many times before, Governor Kasich has risen to the challenge. He's responded at a critical time to keep food pantry shelves stocked and food on the table for local families. I want to extend my most heartfelt thanks on behalf of our network to Governor Kasich for his leadership on the issue of hunger and for this humbling display of compassion as we enter the Christmas season. We are truly grateful."

12/17/15: Press Statement: Spending Deal Announced Helps Working Families Thrive (View)

"The bipartisan agreement reached late yesterday is a promising and hopeful demonstration of the power of policies that respond to the needs of everyday Americans. We are deeply thankful to our congressional delegation for leading the charge on protecting and strengthening critical funding for programs that help the most vulnerable among us."

12/16/15: LISTEN: Today Is Deadline for Affordable Care Act (View)
12/15/15: Barely getting by: 42 percent of Williams Co. residents struggling financially (View)
12/09/15: Foodbank demand rises (View)
12/08/15: A new report links hunger and problems with learning (View)
12/07/15: Recent study shows increase in households living in poverty; Athens County ranks 2nd in state (View)
12/06/15: Study shows over 45 percent of Highland County residents qualify for help from food banks (View)
12/05/15: Economic insecurity: Number of poor families grows in Ohio (View)
12/04/15: New Census ACS Data Reveals Widespread Increase in Eligibility for Foodbank Help (View)

In its 10th year, the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) for the first time can show poverty data at the county level over two five-year, non-overlapping time spans. And this comparison of the periods of 2005 to 2009 and 2010 to 2014 reveal that need for help with food in Ohio is trending up, not down, since the end of the Great Recession.

12/04/15: Advocates for needy urge Ohio lawmakers not to cut unemployment benefits (View)
12/03/15: Testimony by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt to the Ohio House of Representatives Insurance Committee on House Bill 394 (View)
12/03/15: Testimony by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt to the Ohio House of Representatives Economic and Workforce Development Committee on House Bill 343 (View)
11/25/15: Opinion from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt in the Akron-Beacon Journal: EITC and CTC boost work, fight poverty (View)
11/16/15: Cooper Farms Donate to Ohio Foodbanks (View)
11/10/15: LISTEN: Bill Aims to Remove Barriers to Food for Ohio Children (View)
10/30/15: Summer Meals Programs for Children: Summer 2015 (View)
10/30/15: SFY 2015 Annual Report (View)
10/30/15: Summer Rural Delivery Meals Program Participant Survey Results (View)

Thanks to the support of a No Kid Hungry Out of School Time Local Impact grant from Share Our Strength, we surveyed parents/guardians of participating children at select summer rural delivery meals program locations to measure program participant demographics, program satisfaction, and program need and impact.

10/28/15: Letter to the Editor: Help handy for finding health coverage (View)
10/21/15: No health coverage? That's about to get more expensive (View)
10/14/15: Democrats call for more extensive food assistance waivers (View)
10/14/15: Press Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on Legislation to Compel Ohio to Seek Federal Food Stamp Waiver (View)
01/07/15: Great American Milk Drive Resources (View)

The Great American Milk Drive is the first-ever nationwide program to deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families that need it. The American Dairy Association Mideast is partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to promote the Great American Milk Drive in the Buckeye state. ADA Mideast has designed posters with basic information about the campaign and about the best foods to donate to foodbanks. Please feel free to download and share your foodbank's poster!

Please also take a look at the video about the Great American Milk Drive prepared by ADA Mideast!

10/14/15: 2014-15 Report on Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents in Franklin County (View)
10/13/15: Fewer food pantries serve Ohioans in need (View)
10/05/15: Too many senior women live in poverty (View)
10/03/15: Poverty numbers rise in Dayton area despite lower unemployment (View)
09/29/15: Veterans help run resource center for other veterans in need (View)
09/27/15: Impoverished: Falling jobless rate hides number of people struggling (View)
09/19/15: Recovery matters little to Ohio's poor (View)
09/18/15: Anti-Poverty Groups Respond to New Ohio Poverty Data (View)

Several statewide anti-poverty groups briefed the media on the U.S. Census Bureau's new American Community Survey poverty data, which found that 15.8 percent of Ohioans live in households with incomes below the federal poverty level. "It is a serious crisis when working people, seniors, and children are being left behind," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

09/16/15: LISTEN: Ohio Ranks Among Worst States in Food Security (View)
09/12/15: LISTEN: Feds Say Ohio Sixth Worst State for Food Insecurity (View)
09/10/15: Ohio now ranks sixth nationally for highest rate of food insecurity (View)

Research released today by the USDA Economic Research Service illustrates a widening gap in food security between Ohio and the rest of the country. The report found that 16.9 percent of Ohioans now live in food insecure households, ranking Ohio sixth nationally behind only Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. "We have a serious crisis in Ohio," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "More of our families than ever before are struggling to afford food, as the economic recovery fails to reach everyone in our state."

09/02/15: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded $2 Million Federal Navigator Grant (View)

"For the third consecutive year, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its network of strategic consortium members was awarded a federal Navigator grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This $2 million grant will allow us to provide Navigator services throughout Ohio, educating consumers about affordable health care coverage options and helping them to enroll in plans available through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace."

08/18/15: LISTEN: Bad weather keeps students away from summer food programs (View)
08/18/15: LISTEN: Bill Aims to Reduce Summer Hunger Among Ohio Kids (View)
08/18/15: Letter to the editor: Drug-testing for cash assistance benefits is impractical (View)
08/14/15: Foodbanks Struggle to Meet Surprising Demand (View)
07/24/15: Summer feeding programs beneficial to communities (View)
07/13/15: Addressing child hunger when school lunch is out for the summer (View)
07/04/15: Letter to the editor in Columbus Dispatch: US should expand national service (View)
07/01/15: Response to 2016-17 Biennial Budget Amended Sub HB 64 as Signed by Governor Kasich (View)

"We thank Governor Kasich and leadership and members of the Ohio House and Senate for their hard work during this budget process and their willingness to stand in solidarity with the two million of their constituents struggling with hunger. Thanks to this vital support, our network can continue to answer the call for the one in six Ohioans that don't always know where their next meal will come from."

06/26/15: Response to Today's U.S. Supreme Court King vs. Burwell Ruling (View)
06/19/15: Response to Passage of Amended Substitute HB 64 by Ohio Senate (View)
06/16/15: Response to Acceptance of Ohio Senate Finance Committee Omnibus Amendment to Amended Substitute HB 64 (View)
06/04/15: Advocates for Ohio's Future holds press conference on state budget (View)
06/02/15: Summer break no break from hunger for some Ohio kids (View)
05/19/15: Testimony by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on Amended HB 64 (View)
05/16/15: South Side school becomes food pantry site (View)
05/11/15: Letter to the editor: Hunger among elderly presents more problems (View)
05/04/15: Ohio's elderly forced to choose between food or medicine (View)
04/23/15: Response to Amended HB 64 as Passed by Ohio House (View)
04/16/15: Jobs return, but hunger remains a problem in Ohio (View)
04/15/15: Media Statement in Response to 2016-17 Biennial Budget as Proposed by Ohio House (View)
04/10/15: EDITORIAL: Plain Dealer says Ohio should allot more money in budget to fight hunger (View)
04/14/15: New Reports Show Hunger Remains Alarmingly High Across Ohio (View)
04/07/15: EDITORIAL: The Vindicator backs boost to foodbank funding (View)
03/31/15: Local food pantries are modernizing to fight hunger more efficiently (View)
03/24/15: What The Jobs Report Doesn't Tell You (View)
03/11/15: Many Ohioans living paycheck to paycheck, report shows (View)
03/02/15: Foodbank Leader Receives National Award (View)
02/27/15: Ohio Hunger Factors Index Released (View)
02/20/15: Fourth Annual Summer Food Summit Takes Place During Record Low Temperatures (View)
02/20/15: School Closings Hurt Families Trying to Feed Their Children (View)
01/26/15: Job training for poor gets priority (View)
01/23/15: Want help filing your taxes? File for free with the OBB (View)
01/11/15: Letter to the editor: Many families, even working, need help (View)
03/11/15: Testimony by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on HB 64 (View)
03/10/15: Work Experience Program 2013-15 Report (View)
12/21/14: A third of Ohioans now eligible for food help (View)
12/18/14: Losing Ground -- Research Brief, December 2014 (View)
12/17/14: Ohioans Losing Ground with Stagnant Wages, Nearly 200 Million Fewer Meals (View)
12/08/14: Work Experience Program 2013-14 Report (View)
12/08/14: YouthCorps 2014 Impact Report (View)
12/06/14: Food pantry eyes dwindling reserves (View)
12/05/14: Poverty by County (2013 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates) (View)

Mapping the percentage of individuals in households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, the eligibility threshold for receiving assistance from Ohio's foodbanks.

12/04/14: New ACS Data Reveal Increase in Need for Foodbanks in Every Metro (View)
11/26/14: Holiday Blues: Advocates Shine Spotlight on Life in the Low-Wage Economy (View)
11/25/14: New Ohio Campaign Promotes Free Resources Available to Help Uninsured Ohioans (View)
11/23/14: More seeking food aid (View)
11/19/14: Forum Examines the Needs of Ohio's Hungry Kids (View)
11/05/14: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Receives Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award (View)
11/03/14: Demand for food pantries is increasing (View)
10/31/14: More Ohioans turning to food pantries, study shows (View)
10/31/14: Hunger in Ohio 2014 Study Released (View)
10/31/14: WATCH: More Ohioans Seeking Food Assistance (View)
10/31/14: WATCH: 2 Million Ohioans Dependent on Foodbanks (View)
10/30/14: Hunger in Ohio 2014: Executive Summary (View)
10/30/14: Hunger in Ohio 2014: Full Technical Report (View)
10/01/14: SFY 2014 Annual Report (View)
10/12/14: Ohio's poverty rate dips slightly (View)
10/08/14: Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim? (View)
09/30/14: Summer Meals Programs for Children: Summer 2014 (View)
09/19/14: New Poverty Data Indicate One-Third of Ohioans Eligible for Emergency Food (View)
09/09/14: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded $2.18 Million Federal Navigator Grant (View)
09/05/14: Ohio rates among the worst states when it comes to hunger problems (View)
09/05/14: How is Ohio Tackling Childhood Hunger? (View)
09/04/14: FY2014 Independent Economic Impact Analysis on Food Programs (View)
09/04/14: Continuing high rate of food insecurity in Ohio brings together advocates, providers (View)
09/04/14: Tackling Child Hunger in Ohio (View)

What's Working and How Can We Improve? A brief co-released by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and Voices for Ohio's Children.

08/29/14: Governor Kasich Signs Hunger Action Month Proclamation (View)

Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor signed a proclamation declaring September 2014 Hunger Action Month throughout Ohio, encouraging all citizens to take part in its observance.

08/28/14: Not Just for Kids: Peanut Butter Helps Hungry Ohio Seniors (View)
08/28/14: Hope Fund wraps up summer meals (View)
08/26/14: New Cuts to Food Aid in Ohio Should Not Go Forward (View)
08/20/14: Request for Funding in 2016-17 State Biennial Budget (View)
08/20/14: Endorsement Form for 2016-17 State Budget Request (View)
08/05/14: Weekend food, delivered meals, mobile markets feeding Ohio kids (View)
07/31/14: Ohio foodbank program an option for growers (View)
07/16/14: Representative from governor's office toured SE Ohio Food Bank and summer feeding sites (View)
07/15/14: Food program fills void for rural kids in need (View)
07/13/14: Reentry center to give fresh start, offenders grow for foodbanks (View)
06/28/14: Foodbank supplier in high gear for summer (View)
06/25/14: Bucyrus offering weekend meals through executive order from Gov. Kasich (View)
06/18/14: Foodbanks aim to combat summer hunger (View)
06/18/14: There's More Places for Ohio's Kids To Get A Free Meal This Summer (View)
06/12/14: Summer food program hopes to reach more children (View)
06/05/14: Fewer nutritious meals during summer months (View)
06/03/14: Just One in Ten Eligible Kids Accessing Summer Meals in Ohio (View)
05/21/14: Statement in Support of Increase to State EITC (View)
04/30/14: Ohio Foodbanks Child Nutrition Programs (View)
04/21/14: Food stamp recipients making tough choices after cuts (View)
04/18/14: Ohio Pork Farmers Reach 1 Million Meals Donated (View)
04/18/14: Food costs on the rise; Food insecurity rates in Ohio remain high (View)
04/15/14: WATCH: Ohio farmers donate pork to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (View)
04/14/14: Editorial: No more cuts to food stamps (View)
04/12/14: Access to fresh food lacking in parts of Ohio (View)
04/04/14: Help Wanted: Poverty Fighters in Ohio (View)
04/04/14: Still Time to File Taxes Free (View)
04/01/14: Senator Sherrod Brown: "National Service: Strengthening Ohio's Communities" (View)
03/26/14: Ohio's winter was especially harsh for lower-income people (View)
03/25/14: Roundtable Offers Food for Thought - and Action - on Food Insecurity (View)
03/21/14: USDA Recognizes Issue with Students Missing Meals on Snow Days (View)
03/20/14: Summer Food Needs for Students (View)
03/19/14: Activists working now to set up summer food service programs for kids (View)
03/19/14: Working Together to Reach More Hungry Kids This Summer (View)
03/12/14: Response to Governor Kasich's Mid-Biennium Review (View)
02/25/14: Response to State of the State Address from Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
02/24/14: Ohio Research: How Income, Poverty and Unemployment Impact Hunger (View)
02/24/14: WATCH: Common Ground -- SNAP Work Requirements (View)
02/22/14: Nearly half of Ohio kids get subsidized lunches (View)
02/18/14: The Vindicator Editorial: Find more work slots or restore food stamps to needy Ohioans (View)
02/15/14: Dayton Daily News: Millions of Ohioans either unemployed or looking for work (View)
02/13/14: Snow Days Mean Kids Go Without Free/Reduced Meals (View)
02/08/14: Part of the Farm Bill: Cuts to Food Stamps (View)
01/26/14: Akron Beacon Journal Editorial: 'SNAP Judgment' (View)
01/25/14: About 10,000 Ohioans lose food stamps (View)
01/25/14: 2007 - 2012 Hunger Factors Index (View)

The Hunger Factors Index, developed by economist Howard Fleeter, provides a way to evaluate how the underlying economic factors that influence hunger have changed in Ohio since the recession of 2008 and 2009.

01/23/14: Governor Provides Shelf-Stable Meals, Produce to Kids (View)
01/19/14: Food pantry seeing new clients after food stamps' work rule hits (View)
01/18/14: Most on food stamps are working (View)
12/28/13: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Appearance on 10TV Capital Square (View)
12/20/13: Food Struggles Could Hit Ohio's Jobless Even Harder (View)
12/18/13: Critics prod Kasich to waive work rule (View)
12/18/13: WATCH: Foodbanks, Advocates Address Need for SNAP Statewide (View)
12/12/13: WATCH: Update on Health Plans and Ohio (View)
12/07/13: Healthcare Navigators Report Easier Time Helping Clients (View)
12/05/13: Viewpoint: Fighting for a fair farm bill (View)
12/02/13: Job market stalling, but work requirement for food stamps still looms (View)
12/01/13: Waiver for food stamps cues debate (View)
11/29/13: Toledo Blade Editorial: No jobs, no food stamps (View)
11/28/13: Work requirement for food stamps draws ire of two lawmakers (View)
11/27/13: Press Conference: Discussing Food Stamp Eligibility in Ohio (View)
11/19/13: Food stamp cuts hit Stark County's poor (View)
11/16/13: NBC4 Segment on Spread the Good Campaign (View)
11/06/13: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Appearance on "State of Ohio" (View)
11/05/13: Food stamp cuts create high demand for foodbank supplies (View)
11/02/13: Today's Food Stamp Cuts Impact 1.8 Million Ohioans (View)
11/02/13: Bllomberg: Wal-Mart to Widows Will Feel U.S. Food Stamp Cuts (View)
11/02/13: Food stamp stimulus money expires (View)
11/01/13: Ohioans' food stamp cut will hurt (View)
11/01/13: SNAP Cuts to Hurl Ohioans Over Hunger Cliff (View)
11/01/13: SFY 2013 Annual Report (View)
10/25/13: Donation from Wiers Farm helps drive Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio (View)
10/22/13: Hunger advocates to deliver messages on paper plates to congressional offices (View)
10/22/13: Volunteers sought to sign residents up for benefits (View)
10/13/13: Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills of Geography (View)
10/15/13: Ohioans Receiving Food Stamps Hurt by Weekend EBT Card System Outage (View)
10/13/13: Melissa Harris-Perry Appearance by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt (View)
10/10/13: In Boehner's backyard: A 'perfect storm' for hunger (View)
10/10/13: Shutdown a 'complete disconnect' from the realities of hungry Ohioans (View)
10/09/13: Ohio Association of Foodbanks, two state senators host public discussion (View)
09/30/13: Summer Meals Programs for Ohio Children (View)
10/08/13: High On Ohio: Part 5 (View)
10/08/13: High On Ohio: Part 4 (View)
10/08/13: High On Ohio: Part 3 (View)
10/08/13: High On Ohio: Part 2 (View)
10/08/13: High On Ohio: Part 1 (View)
10/02/13: Navigator Program Certification Completed (View)
09/24/13: Gov. Kasich praises foodbank efforts, pledges support (View)
09/20/13: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Dismayed by Passage of Harmful Nutrition Bill in House (View)
09/19/13: More Than One in Four Households with Children in Ohio Report Inability to Afford Enough Food (View)
09/07/13: Ohio 10th worst state for food insecurity (View)
09/07/13: Ohio ranks 10th in nation for low food security (View)
09/05/13: Food Insecurity on the Rise in Ohio (View)
09/04/13: Ex-offenders garden for good cause (View)
09/04/13: Increased funds mean more fresh produce at foodbanks (View)
09/01/13: Ohio foodbanks need our help (View)
08/30/13: Ohio foodbanks leader says cutting SNAP funds a bad idea (View)
08/30/13: Governor Kasich encourages Ohioans to help end hunger (View)
08/20/13: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ARRA Benefit Cuts (View)
08/18/13: Worries grow as program faces ax (View)
08/16/13: Federal Navigator Grants Awarded: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Receives $1.95 Million (View)
08/16/13: Ohio Association of Foodbanks state's largest recipient of navigator grants (View)
08/15/13: Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich Announces FeedOhio Campaign (View)
08/15/13: Local pantries fear impact of food stamp cut (View)
08/09/13: Food assistance recipients brace for cuts (View)
08/08/13: Ohioans set to take hit if food stamp boost lapses (View)
08/08/13: Toledo Blade editor says "go-hungry policy" would be awful (View)
08/08/13: 16% of Ohioans face food stamp cuts (View)
08/06/13: Advocates, politicians say they will promote Obama health plan (View)
08/03/13: Incoming Federal Cuts to Hit Low-Income Ohio Families (View)
07/23/13: State rep visits food program (View)
07/17/13: Growers fear for their safety net if legislation doesn't cover food stamps (View)
06/21/13: Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt: Congress Out of Touch With Average Ohioans (View)
06/20/13: Kids summer food program under way (View)
06/19/13: Farmers markets bring produce to summer food programs (View)
06/16/13: CEO of ProMedica says: Hunger is a health issue (View)
06/14/13: Senator Brown, Ohio Foodbanks promote summer meal program (View)
06/14/13: Many children in Ross, Pike Counties food insecure (View)
06/13/13: Executive Order will feed children in rural areas (View)
06/11/13: Reports show hunger remains high in Ohio, especially among kids (View)
06/08/13: Senate declines to boost foodbank aid (View)
06/07/13: In spite of widespread support, Ohio Senate fails to increase funding for foodbanks (View)
06/05/13: Meigs Local funded for children's summer feeding program (View)
06/04/13: Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break (View)
06/04/13: Schools will provide summer meals to needy kids (View)
05/30/13: Helper at hand in Governor Kasich (View)
05/25/13: The Courier (Findlay) endorses state budget request for Ohio's foodbanks (View)
05/24/13: Governor Kasich Signs Executive Order to Support Hunger Relief in Ohio (View)
05/19/13: Food gap: Akron-Beacon Journal endorses state budget request for Ohio foodbanks (View)
05/17/13: Banking on food: Toledo Blade endorses state budget request for Ohio foodbanks (View)
05/15/13: Brown Introduces Amendment to Reverse Cuts to Foodbanks (View)
05/11/13: Statewide School Business Management Foundation Raises Over $13K for Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
05/10/13: SNAP Cuts Threaten Despite Public Support for Program (View)
05/09/13: USDA Administrator Talks about Food Insecurity in Appalachia (View)
05/09/13: Ohio farmers donate more than 750,000 eggs to Ohio foodbanks (View)
04/24/13: Walmart Giving Tops $1 Billion Nationwide (View)
04/17/13: Fed Cuts Impact Summer Meals for Hungry Ohio Kids (View)
04/15/13: Video: Additional Refrigeration Needed at Member Foodbank (View)
04/06/13: UnitedHealthcare Donation Means Healthy Food for People in Need (View)
04/02/13: Pork donation to make a difference (View)
03/19/13: Independent Economic Analysis of OFPACP (View)
02/06/13: More than 44 percent of Ohio children receive free and reduced-price school meals (View)
01/31/13: Gov. Kasich announces $1.5 million in funding for summer programs (View)
01/30/13: Governor Kasich provides up to $1.5 million for summer food for kids (View)
01/25/13: Ohio Focused on Feeding More Kids This Summer (View)
01/15/13: Hunger Talks 2013 (View)

Real stories of hunger and its root causes, from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

01/11/13: Ohio Free My Tax Refund Day on February 2 (View)
01/02/13: Kasich gifts foodbanks with much-needed boost (View)
12/31/12: Replacing the Thrifty Food Plan in Order to Provide Adequate Allotments for SNAP (FRAC, full report) (View)
12/31/12: Replacing the Thrifty Food Plan in Order to Provide Adequate Allotments for SNAP (FRAC, summary) (View)
12/10/12: Fiscal cliff crisis seen as threat to gains (View)
12/07/12: Report Finds SNAP Allotments Seriously Inadequate (View)
12/02/12: Advocates fear food stamp cuts look inevitable (View)
11/28/12: Hunger in Ohio (View)
11/21/12: Hunger in Ohio Doesn't Take a Holiday (View)
11/20/12: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates: Final Report 2012 (View)
11/19/12: Fighting Hunger: Editorial (View)
11/17/12: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on Melissa Harris-Perry, Part 1 (View)
11/17/12: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on Melissa Harris-Perry, Part 2 (View)
11/16/12: Letters from Ohio Congressional Members in Support of Protecting SNAP Benefits for Ohioans (View)
11/13/12: SFY 2014-15 Budget Request (View)
11/13/12: Petition to Support Ohio's Hunger Relief Providers (View)
11/13/12: Food Stamp Benefits Shrink; Food Pantries Concerned (View)
11/12/12: Ohio Food Stamp Aid To Be Cut (View)
11/08/12: Ohio food charity need up 45 percent in three years (View)
10/31/12: Annual Report Released for State Fiscal Year 2012 (View)
SFY 2012 Annual Report
10/31/12: Summer Food Program Impact Report (View)
10/22/12: Local Potato Farm Hails Ohio Foodbanks (View)
10/04/12: United Producers, Inc. to Partner with Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
09/27/12: Recent Data Points to Need for Continued Focus on Hunger Relief (View)
09/13/12: Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks, reports Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (View)
09/05/12: Prevalence of Food Insecurity in Ohio Remains High (View)
08/31/12: Nearly 32% of Ohioans eligible for emergency food assistance (View)
08/31/12: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Impact Report (View)
08/27/12: As Ohio School Bells Ring, Kids' Tummies Rumble (View)
Public News Service
08/22/12: Nearly One in Five American Households Report Inability to Afford Enough Food During First Six Months of 2012 (View)
08/16/12: Has your representative rejected SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill? (View)
Ohio Association of Foodbanks Action Alert
08/02/12: Poverty Sim: Walk in My Shoes (View)
United Way Director: Trials and Triumphs
07/23/12: Protecting SNAP: Notes from the Field (View)
Spotlight on Poverty
07/13/12: Backpack program helps parents feed kids (View)
Middletown Journal
07/06/12: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded AmeriCorps State Grant (View)
07/02/12: Hunger: Interview with Lisa Hamler-Fugitt and Matt Habash (View)
Town Hall Ohio Radio, Episode 320
06/28/12: Governor stops by the Lunch Club (View)
Westerville News & Public Opinion
06/28/12: Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks Joins No Kid Hungry Ally Program (View)
06/25/12: Summer lunch programs available (View)
Record Herald
06/21/12: Making sure to eat well (View)
The Chronicle-Telegram
06/20/12: With Schools Closing for the Summer, Brown Alerts Ohioans to 1,734 Sites in 77 Counties that Ensure Needy Children Do Not Go Hungry in the Summer (View)
06/16/12: Governor Kasich Issues Executive Order to Feed Hungry Children (View)
The Cincinnati Herald
06/10/12: Needy kids can get summer lunches (View)
Dayton Daily News
06/08/12: Lunch Provided: USDA Summer Food Program under way (View)
Marietta Times
06/08/12: Participation in Summer Meals in Ohio Continues to Fall Short (View)
06/04/12: 174 AmeriCorps VISTA Members Deployed to Fight Childhood Hunger (View)
06/02/12: Fraud Guard - proposed rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (View)
Akron Beacon Journal
05/24/12: Ohio Veterans Encouraged to Access Education Benefits (View)
05/18/12: Governor Kasich Issues Executive Order for $1 million to feed hungry children (View)
05/18/12: Ohio Egg Farmers Make a 1.5 Million Egg Commitment to Ohio Foodbanks (View)
05/02/12: Freestore sheds light on poverty through simulation (View)
Cincinnati Enquirer
05/02/12: 15.5% fall into 'meal gap' (View)
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
04/30/12: Cutting food stamp funding hurts the poor and rural America (View)
04/27/12: Hunger on the Rise in Ohio (View)
04/27/12: Hunger on the rise in Ohio, relief group says (View)
The Plain Dealer
04/22/12: Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor (View)
National Public Radio
04/17/12: For some, tax laws really code to joy (View)
The Dispatch
04/11/12: Designed to fight poverty (View)
Akron Beacon Journal editorial
04/05/12: In Ohio Walmart Provides $32.8 Million to Charitable Organizations During Last Fiscal Year (View)
04/02/12: New Report on Impact of Proposed Budget Details Grim Portrait for Struggling Ohioans (View)
05/16/12: OASHF Fact Sheet (View)
03/14/12: OASHF Media Statement: Agencies Without Walls (View)
03/09/12: OASHF to Hire 165 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates (View)
03/09/12: Another View - Hunger in Ohio (View)
Ironton Tribune
02/19/12: It's tax time, and a statewide, nonprofit agency wants you to hang on to your money. (View)
Mansfield Journal News
02/27/12: Report Shows Food Hardship in Ohio Remains High (View)
02/23/12: Bipartisan National Service Champions Honored at Friends of National Service Awards Reception (View)
01/30/12: 2012 SFSP Summit Press Release (View)
02/14/12: Two local nonprofits receive $300,000 in grants (View)
The Dispatch
01/31/12: Officials Look for Ways to Boost Student Use of Free Summer Meal Plans (View)
The Dispatch
01/30/12: State Looks to Help More Kids with Food Programs (View)
Ohio News Network
01/10/12: OASHF Receives Funds from Walmart to Fight Hunger in Ohio (View)
01/09/12: Ohioans Can File Taxes for Free Using The Ohio Benefit Bank (View)
01/02/12: Food Stamps: The Safety Net That Deserves Its Name (View)
The Nation
12/22/11: Hard Choices Loom in Boehner's Home State as Benefits Expiring (View)
12/20/11: We Are Ohio Provides OASHF with $10,000 to Help Fight Hunger (View)
12/14/11: Statement in Response to Governor John R. Kasich's Signed Executive Order Supporting Hunger Relief (View)
12/02/11: Fast Food's Dirty Little Secret: It's the Middle Class Buying Burgers (View)
The Atlantic
01/11/12: OASHF SFY 2011 Annual Report Executive Summary (View)
01/26/11: OASHF SFY 2010 Annual Report (View)
11/01/09: OASHF SFY 2009 Annual Report (View)
12/04/11: Poverty a Community Problem (View)
The Marion Star
11/22/11: Wendy's Awards OASHF with $10,000 Community Appreciation Grant (View)
11/21/11: At Thanksgiving and All Year Long - Foodbanks Applaud Dedication of Cooper Farms Partnership (View)
11/19/11: Nation Needs to Step Up Fight Against Hunger (View)
The Columbus Dispatch
11/15/11: Needy Families Reach Out for Ohio Benefit Bank (View)
11/14/11: Even in a Land of Abundance, Hard Times Leave Many People in Need (View)
Crain's Cleveland Business
11/09/11: Congresswoman Fudge Shops on a Food Stamp Budget (View)
Fox 28 News
11/07/11: Peanut Butter Prices Hurting Foodbanks (View)
610 WTVN
11/01/11: Ohio Hog Farmers Come to the Table to Fight Hunger (View)
10/30/11: Hunger Escalating among Ohio's Greatest Generation (View)
The Examiner
10/28/11: Hunger Among Ohio's Greatest Generation Steers Summit (View)
10/24/11: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty's Surge in the Suburbs (View)
The New York Times
10/18/11: OASHF Named a Champion of Public Health (View)
10/17/11: Hunger Spreads in Suburbia (View)
The Columbus Dispatch
10/11/11: Hundreds of Helping Hands Could be Lost in Ohio (View)
Public News Service
10/06/11: Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Helps Ohio Farmers Fight Hunger (View)
PR Web
10/06/11: Ohio Pork Producers Inspire Giving (View)
10/03/11: Statement in Reponse to the Draft FY2012 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill (View)
10/03/11: Save Service in America: Ohio (View)
09/30/11: Pick a Bag for the Hungry Event (View)
09/23/11: New Census Numbers "No Surprise" to Ohio Foodbanks (View)
Public News Service - Ohio
09/22/11: Statement on the Release of the American Community Survey (View)
09/12/11: Second Harvest Mobile Unit Assists Veterans (View)
09/09/11: Governor Kasich Declares September Hunger Action Month (View)
09/08/11: Hunger in Ohio Rises to 6th-Worst in U.S. (View)
The Dispatch
08/15/11: AmerCorps and VISTA: Answers to an Ailing Economy (View)
The Rachel Maddow Show
07/27/11: Homeless Children Get Lessons in Health (View)
WLWT Channel 5
07/21/11: Ohio's First Lady and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Visit Produce to People Distribution (View)
04/01/11: Economic Impact of The Ohio Benefit Bank: Technical Report (View)
04/01/11: Economic Impact of The Ohio Benefit Bank Executive Summary (View)
02/04/11: The Need for Social Service Agencies to Come Together (View)
Brunswick Area Television
05/01/10: Hunger in America: 2010 Executive Summary (View)
Feeding America
05/01/10: Hunger in Ohio: 2010 Highlights (View)

01/31/10: Hunger in America 2010: Ohio (9936) State Report (View)
Mathematica Policy Research