Press Releases

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)

The newest Map the Meal Gap report shows that nearly half of food insecure households in Ohio have incomes that are too high for them to qualify for SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps or food assistance). For those households, Ohio's foodbank network is the only safety net available. "It's time that our public policies invest in nutritious food and livable wages for all Ohioans," said Hamler-Fugitt. "We can't afford the consequences if we don't act now."

04/04/14: Still Time to File Taxes Free (View)

"We want everyone to remember that your tax refund belongs to you," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank. "Whether you file on your own using our free online service, or you set up an appointment with one of our trained tax counselors, don't give part of your hard-earned money away."

03/19/14: Working Together to Reach More Hungry Kids This Summer (View)

About 250 federal, state and local stakeholders came together Tuesday for the third annual statewide Summer Food Service Summit, held at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Groce City. Many experts in child nutrition programs and policy, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, addressed the crowd about the importance of summer nutrition programs for Ohio's children.

03/12/14: Response to Governor Kasich's Mid-Biennium Review (View)

"Like Governor Kasich, we believe in the dignity of work and we strive to connect Ohioans with the work support programs they need to achieve household stability and move out of poverty. We thank Governor Kasich for his leadership and look forward to working with him to serve low-income Ohioans through a coordinated, person-centered approach."

02/25/14: Response to State of the State Address from Ohio Association of Foodbanks (View)

"We urge Governor Kasich to consider the importance of nutritious food in the battle to move the needle on health outcomes. The economic picture for the poorest Ohioans remains bleak. We ask Governor Kasich to strengthen the state's response to the poverty and hunger that continues to plague too many of our fellow Ohioans. We look forward to working with the Governor on our common goals for ending poverty in our great state."

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)