Become a FAN!
The Foodbank is working hard to engage public policy decision-makers and constituents alike in the hunger conversation. The Foodbank Advocacy Network (FAN) is essential in helping the Foodbank advance its mission to ensure that no one goes hungry. It’s only by working together that we can impact public policy decisions and create positive change for those in our community who are hungry.
As a FAN stakeholder, we will inform you about issues and actions that deserve our urgent attention. Please accept our invitation to write a letter, send an email, make a phone call, attend an event, tweet a comment or donate your Facebook status to influence legislation that aims to alleviate hunger. Sign up today for our Advocacy Alerts and Calls2Action!
Other ways to fight hunger include partnering with our national organization, Feeding America, through their Hunger Action Center.
And, you can always help by calling or emailing your Congressional and/or State Representative or Senator today, using the guide at the bottom of the page under “Stake Your Claim”.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com, and Thanks!
The Ohio Food Program and Agricultural Clearance Program (OFPACP) makes fresh fruits and vegetables, protein items, and shelf-stable foods available to Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks, thanks to support from the State of Ohio. OFPACP directs surplus agricultural products from Ohio farmers, growers, and producers to hungry people and keeps foodbank shelves stocked. It is recognized as one of the state’s most successful public-private partnerships.
In State Fiscal Year 2012, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks received $12.5 million from the state of Ohio to support OFPACP. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank alone received 9,233,750 pounds of food from OFPACP in SFY. Due to the success of the program and an increase in need, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks is requesting $34 million ($17 million each year) for the 2014-2015 biennial budget.
Please endorse this request here. Also, take a look at Our Local Growers, Farmers and Producers that participate in OFPACP (by County).
Host a volunteer from Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Speakers Bureau
Foodbank staff and volunteers are available to attend events, meetings or gatherings and speak about the work of Mid-Ohio Foodbank and what it is doing to ensure that no one goes hungry. The Foodbank can also share several educational videos (visit our YouTube page to see more).
To arrange for a speaker, or learn more about incorporating the Foodbank into your event, contact Ashley Tucker by email.
Unique Group Experience: The Poverty Simulation
The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience for large groups (44 to 80) that helps individuals begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It moves people to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem collectively. Most importantly, it encourages people to make a difference.
To learn more about how your group can schedule a simulation and/or make it part of your visit to the Foodbank, contact Anna Lattimer by email.
Stake your claim
In order to see real progress in the fight against hunger, we need the people in power on our side. We urge you to contact your elected officials today to
express your concern about hunger in your community—and foster the
political will to end it.
Senator Sherrod Brown
713 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
E-mail via website: http://brown.senate.gov/
Senator Rob Portman
338 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
E-mail via website: http://portman.senate.gov/
Ohio U.S. Congressmen (members in our service area)
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH 3rd] - Franklin
Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH 4th] - Marion, Union
Rep. Steve Stivers [R-OH 15th] – Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, parts of Fayette, Ross, Franklin
Rep. Rob Gibbs [R-OH 7th] - Knox, Coshocton
Rep. Pat Tiberi [R-OH 12th] - Delaware, Licking, Morrow, parts of Franklin, Muskingum, Marion
Rep. Bill Johnson [R-OH 6th] - Belmont, Guernsey, Jefferson, Harrison, Monroe, Noble, part of Muskingum
Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH 2nd] - part of Ross
Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH 10th] – part of Fayette
For a full list of U.S. House of Representatives members, click here.
State Officials of Ohio
Gov. John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
E-mail via: http://governor.ohio.gov/
Ohio President of the Senate Keith Faber
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Email Senator Faber
Ohio Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder
77 S. High St, 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Email Representative Batchelder