Hunger Continues to Affect One in Six Ohioans

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(Wednesday, September 13th) Ohio – New data from the U-S-D-A Economic Research Service shows the rate of food insecurity in Ohio fell slightly in 2016 to 14.8%.

While that’s down 16 % from 2011, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says it’s still higher than the national food insecurity rate of about 12 percent.

“In this great nation and certainly in this great state, it’s unacceptable that we have one in six of our friends and neighbors that suffer the grim reality of not having enough money or resources to feed themselves and their families.”

Hamler-Fugitt explained that even with the progress, she hopes it remains top of mind for members of Congress.

“Certainly the natural disasters of Harvey, followed by Irma, have slowed the process of Congress and given some time for reflection on the important role that government plays in providing for its most vulnerable citizens.”

According to the Ohio News Connection, the research comes as Ohio observes Hunger Action Month, which is September.

Ohioans are encouraged to join the fight against hunger by raising awareness, volunteering, donating time or money and advocating for policies that fight poverty.

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