Ohio Association of Food Banks

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.

Coronavirus Impact On Food Supply

Apr 23, 2020
Rick Wittenmyer shops for groceries at the West Side Market, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Cleveland. There were fewer shoppers this year before the Easter holiday than in previous years due to the coronavirus.
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When the coronavirus became a pandemic, people swamped grocery stores wiping out things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, as Ohio's stay-at-home order drags on there is growing concern for the food supply as the supply chain shows signs of stress.

In Ohio, which ranks 11th in the country for milk production, the coronavirus has been so disruptive that dairy farmers have had to dump milk that can’t be sold.

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.

Advocates say three million Americans in 40 states could lose their SNAP or food stamp benefits because of a federal rule change in how eligibility is determined at the state level.

Ohio Food Stamp ETB Direction Card
State of Ohio

There’s a bill in the legislature that would add the photos of food stamp recipients to their electronic benefit transfer or EBT cards. The idea behind the legislation is to stop food stamp fraud.