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."

04/19/16: 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."

03/10/16: 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.

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: Advocates for needy urge Ohio lawmakers not to cut unemployment benefits (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)
10/28/15: 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)
10/13/15: 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)
09/16/15: LISTEN: Ohio Ranks Among Worst States in Food Security (View)
09/12/15: LISTEN: Feds Say Ohio Sixth Worst State for Food Insecurity (View)
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)
06/02/15: Summer break no break from hunger for some Ohio kids (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)
04/16/15: Jobs return, but hunger remains a problem in Ohio (View)
04/10/15: EDITORIAL: Plain Dealer says Ohio should allot more money in budget to fight hunger (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)
02/20/15: 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)
12/21/14: A third of Ohioans now eligible for food help (View)
12/06/14: Food pantry eyes dwindling reserves (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: WATCH: More Ohioans Seeking Food Assistance (View)
10/31/14: WATCH: 2 Million Ohioans Dependent on Foodbanks (View)
10/12/14: Ohio's poverty rate dips slightly (View)
10/08/14: Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim? (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)
08/28/14: Not Just for Kids: Peanut Butter Helps Hungry Ohio Seniors (View)
08/28/14: Hope Fund wraps up summer meals (View)
08/05/14: 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)
04/21/14: Food stamp recipients making tough choices after cuts (View)
04/18/14: Ohio Pork Farmers Reach 1 Million Meals Donated (View)
04/15/14: 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)
04/01/14: 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)
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)
01/19/14: 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)
10/25/13: Donation from Wiers Farm helps drive Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio (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)
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)
09/24/13: Gov. Kasich praises foodbank efforts, pledges support (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)
09/04/13: 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)
08/18/13: Worries grow as program faces ax (View)
08/16/13: Ohio Association of Foodbanks state's largest recipient of navigator grants (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)
06/20/13: 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)
06/08/13: Senate declines to boost foodbank aid (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)
05/19/13: 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)
05/09/13: USDA Administrator Talks about Food Insecurity in Appalachia (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)
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)
01/02/13: Kasich gifts foodbanks with much-needed boost (View)
12/10/12: Fiscal cliff crisis seen as threat to gains (View)
12/02/12: Advocates fear food stamp cuts look inevitable (View)
11/21/12: Hunger in Ohio Doesn't Take a Holiday (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)
11/13/12: 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)
09/13/12: Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks, reports Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (View)
08/27/12: As Ohio School Bells Ring, Kids' Tummies Rumble (View)
Public News Service
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
07/02/12: 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
06/25/12: 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
06/02/12: Fraud Guard - proposed rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (View)
Akron Beacon Journal
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, 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
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
02/14/12: 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
01/02/12: 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)
12/02/11: Fast Food's Dirty Little Secret: It's the Middle Class Buying Burgers (View)
The Atlantic
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)
11/19/11: 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
10/30/11: Hunger Escalating among Ohio's Greatest Generation (View)
The Examiner
10/24/11: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty's Surge in the Suburbs (View)
The New York Times
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)
09/23/11: New Census Numbers "No Surprise" to Ohio Foodbanks (View)
Public News Service - Ohio
09/12/11: Second Harvest Mobile Unit Assists Veterans (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
02/04/11: The Need for Social Service Agencies to Come Together (View)
Brunswick Area Television