June 13, 2016
Report Finds Fewer Ohio Children Accessed Summer Meals in 2015

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."

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April 28, 2016
LISTEN: Food Insecurity Continues to Plague 1 in 6 Ohioans

"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."

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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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