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In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
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The Ohio National Guard will soon have to end its pandemic-related missions, including its first assignment in the coronavirus crisis, helping 12 Ohio food banks with the huge job of getting food to increasing numbers of people who need it.

Millions of newly impoverished people are turning to the charitable organizations known as food banks. Mile-long lines of cars, waiting for bags of free food, have become one of the most striking images of the current economic crisis. Donations are up, too, including from a new billion-dollar government effort called the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

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A new report by a coalition of social service groups says state leaders need to invest more in families, seniors and low-income residents when they approve the next two-year state budget. 

Many workplaces, businesses, places of worship and schools have food donation drives to help those less fortunate during the holidays. For those of us who want to help, what should we give?  

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Fifty-six-year-old Edward Arnholt would not be able to keep food on the table without help from the Champion Avenue pantry on Columbus’ South Side.

Jo Ingles

The leader of Ohio’s Association of Foodbanks says funding for foodbanks has traditionally been considered a non-partisan effort. She’s disappointed in the budget passed by the House.

Food Insecurity in Ohio

Apr 6, 2016
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Ohio ranks amongst the worst states for food security in the U.S. In throughout the nation, 17.4 million households don't have enough food to eat. Today, we'll discuss the causes of food insecurity, the effects and the possible ways to help combat the growing issue. 

Hunger in Central Ohio

Sep 8, 2010

Addressing hunger in Central Ohio, with Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks executive director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Mid-Ohio Foodbank president/CEO Matt Habash and W.A.R.M. Food Pantry (Westerville, Ohio) director Scott Marier.