Ohio Association of Foodbanks

Feds to provide $50M in food assistance to Ohio

BY: - September 16, 2022

Ohio’s foodbanks say they’re desperate as summer is turning to fall. Demand has skyrocketed with increasing food costs at the same time that their resources have evaporated. And with current supply chain disruptions, they need to order food now if they hope to have it when winter comes. And even though the state is sitting […]

“We’re desperately worried about food.” For Ohio foodbanks, a bad situation gets worse.

BY: - August 23, 2022

Ohioans have seen some respite from high fuel costs in recent months. But those who provide food to millions of poor people in the state say their situation is only deteriorating. Global supply-chain problems, labor shortages, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other mega-trends are all combining to make them worry for the first time that they just won't have enough food for everybody who needs it, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said on  Monday.

Going hungry: Pandemic, inflation, supply issues prompt cry for help

BY: - June 16, 2022

As state leaders spend money on other things, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks this week issued an extraordinary plea for assistance, saying many rural foodbanks are rationing food and those in other parts of the state soon will be. From the coronavirus pandemic to supply chain disruptions and inflation, to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, […]

Ohioans go hungry as state sits on a huge stack of money

BY: - May 24, 2022

Some food banks are slashing the amounts of food they give people. At the same time, Ohio and many other states are sitting on enormous piles of cash, and a spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine was vague last week when asked how the governor would like to use that money.

Ohio foodbanks starting to go hungry

BY: - January 7, 2022

As the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, Ohio’s foodbanks are in a perilous state, an official who helps run them said Wednesday. The centers have gotten through the crisis with special relief funds and help from the National Guard. But as happened repeatedly through the pandemic, foodbanks are facing increasing strains as temporary relief […]

Agencies helping the poor fear a dreadful new year

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Nov. 3 general election has garnered most of the public attention lately, but officials on Monday warned that the coronavirus pandemic continues to squeeze the growing ranks of low-income Ohioans.

With Ohio schools closing, foodbanks association calls for help to address hunger

BY: - March 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for several weeks. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is calling for federal, state, and public help for low-income families with children who will miss school lunches and parents who will lose […]

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 situation highlights unreliable hours, benefits and paid time off for Ohio workers

BY: - March 11, 2020

Along with state and local leaders and our fellow Ohioans, Ohio’s foodbanks are monitoring and mobilizing around the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. First and foremost, we want everyone in our state to know that our network is here for you.  We are assessing our food sourcing and food distribution options, conferring with our […]

Bill to put photo IDs on food stamp cards returned to Ohio Senate committee

BY: - December 19, 2019

The Ohio Senate will reconsider a bill regarding photo identification on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after sending it back to committee Tuesday in the last Senate session of the calendar year. Senate Bill 165 was re-referred back to the Rules and Reference Committee with no other explanation and no objection from Senate members. The […]