Press Releases

12/09/16: Press Release: Fewer Ohioans Live in Self-Sufficient Households, Seven Years After Recession (View)

"Unfortunately, there are few exceptions to what seems to be a new norm for Ohio households," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "With the serious potential for deep, harmful cuts and changes to programs like SNAP and Medicaid at the federal level, we urge Ohio to make its own investments in policies and programs that promote livable wages and support emergency safety nets."

09/07/16: Federal Grant Will Continue to Help Connect Ohioans with Health Coverage (View)

"For the fourth consecutive year, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its network of strategic consortium members was awarded a federal Navigator grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This $1.7 million grant will allow us to provide Navigator services throughout Ohio, educating consumers about affordable health care coverage options and helping them to enroll in coverage that meets their needs and their budgets."

06/30/16: New Report Finds Ohio Has Highest Rate of Food Hardship in Midwest (View)

Nationally, food hardship rates declined from 17.2 percent in 2014 to 16.0 percent in 2015. Ohio also saw an improvement, with its food hardship rate improving from 18.1 percent in 2014 to 17.0 percent in 2015. However, all of Ohio's Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) - including Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland-Elyria, Columbus, and Akron - had food hardship rates higher than the national average and were ranked in the top half among the nation's MSAs for highest rates of food hardship.

06/14/16: Report Finds Fewer Ohio Children Accessed Summer Meals in 2015 (View)

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."

04/28/16: New Map the Meal Gap Data Show Food Insecurity Remains Widespread Across Ohio (View)

"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."

03/15/16: Recognizing Economic Impact of Ohio Food Programs on National Ag Day (View)

"On National Agriculture Day, March 15, and every day, we are thankful for our partners who make it possible to fuel our fight against hunger in Ohio," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director, Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Public-private partnerships like these [food] programs are needed in Ohio because hunger in the state is increasing. The programs ensure Ohioans are provided with safe, nutritious, wholesome food from the most efficient, cost-effective delivery system.

01/09/16: Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Named Co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio's Future (View)

"I am honored and humbled to serve as co-chair of Advocates for Ohio's Future, an incredibly critical and powerful voice for low-income and vulnerable Ohioans," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, who was named co-chair today following the retirement of Col Owens, an AOF co-chair since 2013.

12/23/15: Press Statement: Governor John Kasich Provides Year-End Boost to Ohio's Foodbanks (View)

"Once again, as he has done so many times before, Governor Kasich has risen to the challenge. He's responded at a critical time to keep food pantry shelves stocked and food on the table for local families. I want to extend my most heartfelt thanks on behalf of our network to Governor Kasich for his leadership on the issue of hunger and for this humbling display of compassion as we enter the Christmas season. We are truly grateful."

12/17/15: Press Statement: Spending Deal Announced Helps Working Families Thrive (View)

"The bipartisan agreement reached late yesterday is a promising and hopeful demonstration of the power of policies that respond to the needs of everyday Americans. We are deeply thankful to our congressional delegation for leading the charge on protecting and strengthening critical funding for programs that help the most vulnerable among us."

12/04/15: New Census ACS Data Reveals Widespread Increase in Eligibility for Foodbank Help (View)

In its 10th year, the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) for the first time can show poverty data at the county level over two five-year, non-overlapping time spans. And this comparison of the periods of 2005 to 2009 and 2010 to 2014 reveal that need for help with food in Ohio is trending up, not down, since the end of the Great Recession.

10/14/15: Press Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt on Legislation to Compel Ohio to Seek Federal Food Stamp Waiver (View)
09/18/15: Anti-Poverty Groups Respond to New Ohio Poverty Data (View)

Several statewide anti-poverty groups briefed the media on the U.S. Census Bureau's new American Community Survey poverty data, which found that 15.8 percent of Ohioans live in households with incomes below the federal poverty level. "It is a serious crisis when working people, seniors, and children are being left behind," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

09/10/15: Ohio now ranks sixth nationally for highest rate of food insecurity (View)

Research released today by the USDA Economic Research Service illustrates a widening gap in food security between Ohio and the rest of the country. The report found that 16.9 percent of Ohioans now live in food insecure households, ranking Ohio sixth nationally behind only Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. "We have a serious crisis in Ohio," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. "More of our families than ever before are struggling to afford food, as the economic recovery fails to reach everyone in our state."

09/02/15: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded $2 Million Federal Navigator Grant (View)

"For the third consecutive year, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its network of strategic consortium members was awarded a federal Navigator grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This $2 million grant will allow us to provide Navigator services throughout Ohio, educating consumers about affordable health care coverage options and helping them to enroll in plans available through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace."

07/01/15: Response to 2016-17 Biennial Budget Amended Sub HB 64 as Signed by Governor Kasich (View)

"We thank Governor Kasich and leadership and members of the Ohio House and Senate for their hard work during this budget process and their willingness to stand in solidarity with the two million of their constituents struggling with hunger. Thanks to this vital support, our network can continue to answer the call for the one in six Ohioans that don't always know where their next meal will come from."

06/26/15: Response to Today's U.S. Supreme Court King vs. Burwell Ruling (View)
06/19/15: Response to Passage of Amended Substitute HB 64 by Ohio Senate (View)
06/16/15: Response to Acceptance of Ohio Senate Finance Committee Omnibus Amendment to Amended Substitute HB 64 (View)
06/04/15: Advocates for Ohio's Future holds press conference on state budget (View)
04/23/15: Response to Amended HB 64 as Passed by Ohio House (View)
04/15/15: Media Statement in Response to 2016-17 Biennial Budget as Proposed by Ohio House (View)
04/14/15: New Reports Show Hunger Remains Alarmingly High Across Ohio (View)
02/27/15: Ohio Hunger Factors Index Released (View)
02/20/15: Fourth Annual Summer Food Summit Takes Place During Record Low Temperatures (View)
12/17/14: Ohioans Losing Ground with Stagnant Wages, Nearly 200 Million Fewer Meals (View)
12/04/14: New ACS Data Reveal Increase in Need for Foodbanks in Every Metro (View)
10/31/14: Hunger in Ohio 2014 Study Released (View)
09/19/14: New Poverty Data Indicate One-Third of Ohioans Eligible for Emergency Food (View)
09/09/14: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded $2.18 Million Federal Navigator Grant (View)
09/04/14: Continuing high rate of food insecurity in Ohio brings together advocates, providers (View)
08/26/14: New Cuts to Food Aid in Ohio Should Not Go Forward (View)
06/03/14: Just One in Ten Eligible Kids Accessing Summer Meals in Ohio (View)
05/21/14: Statement in Support of Increase to State EITC (View)
04/18/14: Food costs on the rise; Food insecurity rates in Ohio remain high (View)
04/04/14: Still Time to File Taxes Free (View)
03/19/14: Working Together to Reach More Hungry Kids This Summer (View)
03/12/14: Response to Governor Kasich's Mid-Biennium Review (View)
02/25/14: Response to State of the State Address from Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
01/23/14: Governor Provides Shelf-Stable Meals, Produce to Kids (View)
11/01/13: SNAP Cuts to Hurl Ohioans Over Hunger Cliff (View)
10/22/13: Hunger advocates to deliver messages on paper plates to congressional offices (View)
10/02/13: Navigator Program Certification Completed (View)
09/20/13: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Dismayed by Passage of Harmful Nutrition Bill in House (View)
09/19/13: More Than One in Four Households with Children in Ohio Report Inability to Afford Enough Food (View)
09/05/13: Food Insecurity on the Rise in Ohio (View)
08/16/13: Federal Navigator Grants Awarded: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Receives $1.95 Million (View)
08/15/13: Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich Announces FeedOhio Campaign (View)
06/21/13: Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt: Congress Out of Touch With Average Ohioans (View)
06/11/13: Reports show hunger remains high in Ohio, especially among kids (View)
06/07/13: In spite of widespread support, Ohio Senate fails to increase funding for foodbanks (View)
05/24/13: Governor Kasich Signs Executive Order to Support Hunger Relief in Ohio (View)
05/11/13: Statewide School Business Management Foundation Raises Over $13K for Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
05/10/13: SNAP Cuts Threaten Despite Public Support for Program (View)
05/09/13: Ohio farmers donate more than 750,000 eggs to Ohio foodbanks (View)
01/30/13: Governor Kasich provides up to $1.5 million for summer food for kids (View)
01/25/13: Ohio Focused on Feeding More Kids This Summer (View)
01/11/13: Ohio Free My Tax Refund Day on February 2 (View)
12/07/12: Report Finds SNAP Allotments Seriously Inadequate (View)
10/22/12: Local Potato Farm Hails Ohio Foodbanks (View)
10/04/12: United Producers, Inc. to Partner with Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)
09/27/12: Recent Data Points to Need for Continued Focus on Hunger Relief (View)
09/05/12: Prevalence of Food Insecurity in Ohio Remains High (View)
08/22/12: Nearly One in Five American Households Report Inability to Afford Enough Food During First Six Months of 2012 (View)
07/06/12: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded AmeriCorps State Grant (View)
06/28/12: Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks Joins No Kid Hungry Ally Program (View)
06/08/12: Participation in Summer Meals in Ohio Continues to Fall Short (View)
06/04/12: 174 AmeriCorps VISTA Members Deployed to Fight Childhood Hunger (View)
05/24/12: Ohio Veterans Encouraged to Access Education Benefits (View)
05/18/12: Governor Kasich Issues Executive Order for $1 million to feed hungry children (View)
05/18/12: Ohio Egg Farmers Make a 1.5 Million Egg Commitment to Ohio Foodbanks (View)
04/27/12: Hunger on the Rise in Ohio (View)
04/05/12: In Ohio Walmart Provides $32.8 Million to Charitable Organizations During Last Fiscal Year (View)
04/02/12: New Report on Impact of Proposed Budget Details Grim Portrait for Struggling Ohioans (View)
03/14/12: OASHF Media Statement: Agencies Without Walls (View)
03/09/12: OASHF to Hire 165 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates (View)
02/27/12: Report Shows Food Hardship in Ohio Remains High (View)
02/23/12: Bipartisan National Service Champions Honored at Friends of National Service Awards Reception (View)
01/30/12: 2012 SFSP Summit Press Release (View)
01/10/12: OASHF Receives Funds from Walmart to Fight Hunger in Ohio (View)
01/09/12: Ohioans Can File Taxes for Free Using The Ohio Benefit Bank (View)
12/20/11: We Are Ohio Provides OASHF with $10,000 to Help Fight Hunger (View)
12/14/11: Statement in Response to Governor John R. Kasich's Signed Executive Order Supporting Hunger Relief (View)
11/21/11: At Thanksgiving and All Year Long - Foodbanks Applaud Dedication of Cooper Farms Partnership (View)
11/01/11: Ohio Hog Farmers Come to the Table to Fight Hunger (View)
10/28/11: Hunger Among Ohio's Greatest Generation Steers Summit (View)
10/18/11: OASHF Named a Champion of Public Health (View)
10/03/11: Statement in Reponse to the Draft FY2012 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill (View)
09/30/11: Pick a Bag for the Hungry Event (View)
09/22/11: Statement on the Release of the American Community Survey (View)
09/09/11: Governor Kasich Declares September Hunger Action Month (View)
07/21/11: Ohio's First Lady and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Visit Produce to People Distribution (View)