July 23, 2015
Summer feeding programs beneficial to communities

"Summertime causes additional problems for struggling families because kids aren't getting that free or reduced lunch from the school that they do when school is in session, making budgets tighter," said Asti Payne, development coordinator for the SE Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen, a program of the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Agency.

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July 12, 2015
Addressing child hunger when school lunch is out for the summer

"Childhood is no time to be hungry. That is easy to understand on an emotional level. On a practical level, there are high costs associated with child hunger. Food insecure children are two-thirds more likely to be at developmental risk. A hungry child is less likely to succeed in a classroom and later in life." Read more from this opinion piece from Kristin Warzocha, president & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

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July 3, 2015
LTE in Columbus Dispatch: US should expand national service

"In my role with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, I have had the privilege of overseeing one of Ohio's largest AmeriCorps programs, which has included 1,185 members who have spent 1.4 million hours in service to their communities since 2006. While earning a living stipend of less than $1,000 a month, those members recruited more than 40,000 volunteers and raised nearly $3 million in cash and in-kind donations to support the good work of nonprofit organizations throughout Ohio. They do so much for so little."

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