News & Updates

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Press Releases & Media Statements

Feb 28, 2023

Press Statement: End of SNAP Emergency Allotments

"The last SNAP Emergency Allotment was issued this week; next month, Ohioans will lose an average of $86 per person, per month toward their groceries, and many will lose much more – especially older adults, disabled Ohioans and working families. The State of Ohio has the resources it needs to prevent harm and hardship for working families, seniors and other vulnerable people, and we have faith that its elected leaders will continue to step up and respond in their constituents’ time of need.”

Dec 15, 2022

Ohio Association of Foodbanks Joint Statement on End-of-Year Funding to Help Foodbanks Meet Increased Need

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, along with our 12 regional foodbanks and 3,600 member charities, extend our deepest appreciation to Ohio Governor DeWine, Ohio Senate President Huffman, Ohio House Speaker Cupp, Ohio Senate Finance Chairman Dolan, Ohio House Finance Chairman Oelslager, and members of the Ohio General Assembly for their leadership in providing $25 million in today’s year-end spending bill to help us address ongoing food hardship... with this appropriation, the State of Ohio and its elected leaders have told Ohioans that they believe food security is an essential ingredient for a strong and resilient workforce, thriving children and students, and an older generation that can age in place with dignity."

Oct 3, 2022

Statement on Action by Governor DeWine, Ohio Leaders to Put Protein on the Table for Ohio Families

We thank Governor DeWine for being at the table with us to hear from Ohio foodbanks about the tremendous need and why we need bold action like today’s announcement to make sure hungry Ohioans have the healthy wholesome foods, like Ohio-produced beef, pork, cheese, milk, eggs, chicken, turkey, lamb and more, on their plates each day. Governor DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine have firmly demonstrated today that they will not allow Ohio’s kids, older adults, parents and caregivers, and workers to go without the balanced food they need to thrive.

Media Coverage

Oct 6, 2022

'This is just the beginning' What the White House's hunger conference means for Ohio

The White House Conference on Hunger and Nutrition was Thursday. It brought several anti hunger advocates, farmers, nutritionists, community leaders and policymakers to discuss solutions for hunger and healthy eating in the United States. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, was at the conference. She spoke with WYSO’s Alejandro Figueroa about the national plan to end hunger and what it means for Ohioans.

Oct 3, 2022

DeWine administration to send $15M in stimulus funds to Ohio food banks

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration is using federal stimulus money to grant $15 million worth of Ohio-produced meat, eggs and dairy products to Ohio food banks.

Aug 24, 2022

Ohio food banks starving for funds to replace rapidly dwindling supplies

“Food banks have been lightening the bag, lightening the boxes, rationing food," Hamler-Fugitt said. "We're currently providing families, Ohioans, that turn to us with two fewer days of meals because we're trying to stretch what we have on hand. But the situation is very severe.”

With the legislature on a break until after the November election, the food banks turned to Gov. Mike DeWine in June, asking him for $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.