May 20, 2017
Editorial from the Akron-Beacon Journal: Help foodbanks meet the need

"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."

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May 2, 2017
LISTEN: Ohio Foodbank Leader Disappointed by $1 Million in Funding Cuts in New Budget

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."

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March 17, 2017
LISTEN: Trump Budget Reaction - Ohio Kids Could Go Hungry

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.

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