Lisa Hamler-Fugitt

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.

SNAP benefits sign
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Leaders in the Ohio Senate had a last-minute change of heart on a bill, SB165, to require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards to include a photo ID. It’s been tabled until the new year.

A grocery store that accepts SNAP benefits.
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The White House is going forward with a rule that will make it harder for Ohioans in low-income counties to get food stamp benefits. The rule eliminates the ability for states to request waivers on work requirements for counties with high unemployment rates.

A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
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Advocates for low-income Ohioans say they’re concerned about yet another change proposed at the federal level for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps.

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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. 

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill this week increasing how often food assistance recipients must be certified for eligibility. The move is drawing fire from the state’s foodbanks.

Business and labor leaders both agree that something needs to be done to overhaul the fund Ohio uses to pay out jobless benefits. They want to avoid the crisis of 2008 when the state borrowed billions from the feds when the fund dried up.

A new plan has been proposed but both sides seemed to be split on the bill.

For years now, low-income people who visited Ohio’s foodbanks could also get help filling out the paperwork necessary to get health care through the federal Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program. Due to the Trump administration, that won’t be the case anymore.

U.S. House Oversight And Government Reform Committee/Flickr

There were a lot of cuts in this new state budget, largely because tax revenues were off nearly $850 million dollars for the last fiscal year. There’s one budget cut that’s small, but some worry it could have a huge impact on people who really need that money.

Federal Government Pushes ACA Deadline To Thursday

Dec 15, 2015

Federal healthcare officials have given procrastinating consumers a reprieve.

Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan announced Tuesday:

“Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17."

The Impact of Ohio's Food Insecurity

Nov 19, 2012

10:00 Despite the fact that Ohio's unemployment rate is lower than the national average, many still struggle to keep food on the table. On this hour, we'll talk about the food insecurity in our area and the impact of the insecurity on local food banks. Guests

  • Lisa Hamler-Fugitt (Executive Director of Ohio Association of Food Banks)
  • Matt Habash (President and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank)
  • Joel Potts (Executive Director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors Association)

Helping Those in Need During the Holidays

Nov 23, 2011

10:00 With the continuing recession, there’s been a dramatic rise in poverty in the U.S. On this hour of "All Sides," we’ll look at opportunities for charitable giving during the holiday season and the resources available for those in need. Guests


Sep 29, 2010

The impact of the current recession on vulnerable families and the response from political leaders, with Coalition on Human Needs executive director Deborah Weinstein, Center for Community Solutions public policy director Jon Honeck and Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks executive director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt.

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.