Cuts would hurt hungry Ohio kids

As Mid-Ohio Foodbank responds to the needs of our community’s hungry neighbors, it is alarming to see a presidential budget proposal punitive in both funding and policy. The president’s budget blueprint would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP, the former food-stamp program) funding by $213 billion in the next 10 years, roughly 30 percent, leaving vulnerable Ohioans, including 1 in 4 children, to figure out where their next meal is coming from. More…

HUNGER STATISTICS

More than 525,000 individuals, including 183,750 children and 89,250 seniors, receive emergency food each year through Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

In any given week, 55% of the clients receive emergency food assistance from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or emergency shelter we serve.

Of those receiving food:

  • 35% are children under 18 years. 8% are 5 years and under.
  • 71% finished high school and 23% have some college or a 2-year degree. 5% have completed college or beyond.
  • 1 out of 5 are homeowners. Just 5% are homeless.
  • The average household size is 2.8 people.
  • The average household income during the previous month was $1,000*

*The 2009 poverty level for a family of 3 was $1,526/month.

Many people in our service area report they are struggling with unemployment. 76% of adult clients under 65 years are currently unemployed. 18% have been in managerial or professional jobs, demonstrating that hunger has spread across new demographic groups.

Many must make difficult choices between food, healthcare, and other basic necessities.

  • 43% of clients have had to decide whether to pay their rent or mortgage or buy food.  20% reported that they were late in paying their rent or mortgage in the previous month.
  • 57% of clients reported choosing between utilities and food. 
  • 41% of clients are forced to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care. In that same time period, there has been a 33% increase in the number of client households that include at least 1 person suffering with major illness.
More than 525,000 individuals including 183,750 children and 89,250 seniors receive emergency food each year through Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Host a Representative from Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Neighbor to Neighbor Network

Our staff and volunteers are available to attend and/or present at your health fair, meeting, school function or event to speak about the work of Mid-Ohio Foodbank and what we are doing to ensure no one goes hungry.

To arrange for a speaker or learn more about incorporating Mid-Ohio Foodbank into your event, please email Jill Jess.

 

 

COUNTIES WE SERVE

The connections we have with more than 654 partner agencies across our 20-county service area are crucial to our mission. These food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites ensure that the food we deliver gets to the people who need it most. The impact is incredible—these agencies provide more than 155,00 meals each day.

 

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Click on a county to review a report detailing how residents in that area are served.

 

BELMONT

COSHOCTON

DELAWARE

FAIRFIELD

FAYETTE

FRANKLIN

GUERNSEY

HARRISON

JEFFERSON

KNOX

LICKING

MADISON

MARION

MONROE

MORROW

MUSKINGUM

NOBLE

PICKAWAY

ROSS

UNION