Press Releases

12/17/14: Ohioans Losing Ground with Stagnant Wages, Nearly 200 Million Fewer Meals (View)

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks today released a research brief that examines what happens when stagnant wages meet cuts and changes to food assistance. The result? Nearly 200 million fewer meals and $477 million in lost revenue and economic growth since November 2013.

12/04/14: New ACS Data Reveal Increase in Need for Foodbanks in Every Metro (View)

2013 5-year American Community Survey estimates released today show an increase in the number of individuals living in households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level in every Metropolitan Statistical Area in the state, when compared to 2009 5-year estimates. So it's no surprise that five years out from the end of the Great Recession, Ohio's 12 Feeding America foodbanks and their member food pantries are providing help with food to more Ohioans than ever before.

10/31/14: Hunger in Ohio 2014 Study Released (View)

Ohio's data from Feeding America's Hunger in America 2014 study, available only once every four years, was the subject of a press conference held today at the Ohio Statehouse. The study found that more than one in six Ohioans, or more than 2 million people, stand in the state's emergency food lines each year.

09/19/14: New Poverty Data Indicate One-Third of Ohioans Eligible for Emergency Food (View)

"What we find most alarming is that these data indicate that one-third of Ohioans live in households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, that's less than $39,580 a year. As families continue to struggle now five years removed from the end of the Great Recession, nutritious food continues to be sacrificed."

09/09/14: Ohio Association of Foodbanks Awarded $2.18 Million Federal Navigator Grant (View)

"We are thrilled to announce that the Ohio Association of Foodbanks - along with a network of strategic consortium members - was awarded a federal Navigator grant by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the second consecutive year. This approximately $2.18 million grant will allow us to continue to raise awareness about the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace and help Ohioans enroll in available 2015 plans beginning November 15."

09/04/14: Continuing high rate of food insecurity in Ohio brings together advocates, providers (View)

Household Food Security data released today by the USDA Economic Research Service indicates that from 2011-2013, an estimated 16 percent of Ohioans lived in food insecure households. The association co-released a brief on child hunger today which examines this continuing hunger crisis, its implications for Ohio's children, a summary of federal and state programs available and opportunities for action.

08/26/14: New Cuts to Food Aid in Ohio Should Not Go Forward (View)

Citing a weak job market and a mounting threat that basic human needs are not being met in Ohio, human services advocates and others today called on the Kasich administration to reconsider its decision and to push for full federal food assistance in all Ohio counties.

06/03/14: Just One in Ten Eligible Kids Accessing Summer Meals in Ohio (View)

The Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation report released today indicates that just one in ten eligible kids participated in summer meals programs in Ohio in 2013. "We have to work urgently to reach more children with nutritious meals during the summer months," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt.

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)
12/20/12: Governor Kasich Issues Executive Order to Support Ohio's Foodbanks (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)