food banks

Help is on the way, but hunger still confronts a vast swath of Ohio

BY: - January 11, 2021

When Congress passed a $900 million covid-relief package just before Christmas, it contained good news for legions of desperate Americans. But one of Ohio’s top advocates against hunger said it won’t be nearly enough. Among its provisions is a four-month, 15% increase in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive […]

Ohio foodbanks call for more National Guard assistance

BY: - November 30, 2020

Ohio foodbanks have seen unprecedented demand during the coronavirus pandemic — demand they say they couldn’t have met without the help of the Ohio National Guard. Now, as the pandemic enters its most dangerous phase that help is about to dry up and the foodbanks are calling on the Trump administration to do something. “As […]

Advocates: Ohio’s poor increase as feds dither on coronavirus relief

BY: - October 13, 2020

Many Ohioans were already trapped in poverty before the coronavirus forced hundreds of thousands more out of jobs. 

National Guard assistance to foodbanks extended into December

BY: - September 21, 2020

Ohio's volunteer-strapped foodbanks are getting help into December, the Ohio National Guard announced Thursday.

Food bank official urges people to lean on Congress for more assistance

BY: - September 11, 2020

Thursday was national Hunger Action Day and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of food banks said the facilities continue to see record demand.

COMMENTARY

Some ideas for Gov. DeWine on how to help struggling Ohioans

BY: - September 4, 2020

In his Aug. 25 news conference Gov. Mike DeWine outlined some good work the state is initiating to expand COVID-19 testing in underserved communities — presumably including neighborhoods of Black and Latinx Ohioans and people with low incomes. He indicated he’s open to ideas about how to help all Ohioans — no matter where they […]

COMMENTARY

What will our social compact look like in the wake of COVID-19?

BY: - May 6, 2020

In 2019, more than 1.6 million different Ohioans needed help from a charitable food pantry because they couldn’t meet their nutritional needs without it. They were 82-year-old widowers scraping by on Social Security benefits. They were working parents with children who cobbled together a couple of important, but underpaid, jobs in food service or home […]