Ohio lawmakers were unable to make a deal before the deadline to pass a balanced budget. (Paul Vernon, AP) COLUMBUS – Unable to reach a deal on everything from income tax cuts to a nuclear plant bailout, Ohio’s GOP-controlled Legislature missed its . . .
1 in 7 Ohioans – including 1 in 5 kids – still struggle to meet basic needs Rates of food insecurity have slowly improved as the decade-long economic recovery has continued. Unfortunately, according to Feeding America’s newly released Map . . .
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says lawmakers’ budget plan revisions will include cuts to personal state income taxes, as well as reducing tax breaks on things like business income, movie productions, and corporate jets. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) COLUMBUS, Ohio . . .
The quality-control line at a Pennsylvania chicken plant in 2018. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) A group of doctors has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pushing for new rules to prohibit the sale of raw . . .
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Some policy analysts maintain more transparency is needed about the effectiveness of the Ohio Benefits online portal. (benefits.oh.gov) Ohio – With efficiency in mind, Ohio recently modernized the enrollment process for some public assistance programs. However, a new examination . . .
The agriculture industry’s stewardship plan comes in response to tougher federal regulations on antibiotics in livestock. (William Alden/Flickr) The major players in the meat industry have developed what they’re calling a “stewardship plan” they say will ensure that they use . . .
This year, General Convention passed 19 environmental resolutions for the care of creation. Episcopal Climate News features a different one each week: Episcopal Climate NewsLike Page September 11 “Water as a Human Right” is one of 19 environmental resolutions passed . . .
REGISTER TODAY! Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rough places plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and . . .
Download the Report FRAC’s report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs measures how many children had access to afterschool suppers and snacks in October 2017, nationally and in each state. The Afterschool Supper Program served 1.2 million children . . .
One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research . . .
Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to 36 months, caseloads have plunged to historic lows, helping the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy . . .
Only nine out of 100 families receiving support from the Ohio Works First program have income beyond cash assistance. (Pixabay) Ohio has a $500 million reserve available in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and a new report examines . . .
Each year, the release of new census data from the year before offers a chance to learn the latest changes in population shifts, poverty rates, insurance coverage and other important indicators within our communities. Data and policy wonks are often . . .
The annual HungerNet Ohio summit will be held on September 23, 2018 at the All Saints Lutheran Church, 3:00-5:00 pm. Registration . . .
By some measures the U.S. is hitting its stride, with unemployment near record lows and strong consumer spending helping propel the nation’s quarterly growth to a four-year high. But within the cracks of the economy many people continue to struggle . . .
More families struggled to afford food in 2017 than in 2016, and the number was even higher among families with children. Almost 16 percent of households faced food hardship in the U.S. in 2017. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF decline, . . .
Ohioans who qualify for federal food assistance will gain greater access to fruits and vegetables, thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cincinnati-based Produce Perks Midwest, the grant’s recipient, will match the funds to provide . . .
Cans of fruit and vegetables at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Grove City. (Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch) Ohio ranks 18th-worst in a nationwide evaluation of people who are struggling to afford enough food for themselves and their family, according . . .
In every part of the nation, a large number of households is experiencing food hardship — the inability to afford enough food for themselves and their families — according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center. . . .
Tell your member of Congress to vote NO! We just got word that the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) will be up for a re-vote TODAY in the U.S. House. Right now, the vote is too close to call. That’s why . . .
Mulvaney advocates for combining Education and Labor Departments (Photo: Susan Walsh/The Washington Post) White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on June 21 introduced a government reorganization plan to combine the Departments of Labor and Education. The White House on . . .
Over the past five decades, the gender wage gap has only narrowed by about 18 cents. (katrinaelsi/Flickr) It takes women about 15 months to earn what men earn in 12, although pay inequality is not the only discrepancy Ohio . . .
A view of the U.S. Capitol dome, January 2018. (Getty/Drew Angerer) Yesterday, House Republicans released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, opening up another front on their ongoing attack on struggling Americans’ access to food assistance. The Farm . . .
Ohio poverty rates have made modest declines in recent years. (Coalition on Human Needs) Ohio is making strides in fighting poverty, but a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks warns that . . .
Last year, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill (sponsored by Senator Gayle Manning) that established a Malnutrition Prevention Commission, the aim of which is to prevent malnutrition among older adults in the state and identify opportunities for health care . . .
Officials say they are shutting down a service that helps Ohio residents enroll in Medicaid. The Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks decided to shut down its Navigator program last Thursday after it was notified of a 71 . . .
AP/Robert F. BukatyIn this March 27, 2017, photo Sunny Larson, left, and Zak McCutcheon pick produce while gathering provisions to take home at the Augusta Food Bank in Augusta, Maine. Budgets, it is often said in Washington, are moral . . .
The state budget determines how to spend more than $65 billion over the next two years, but it also does much more. As usual, it is packed full of policy changes affecting nearly every Ohioan in some way. This includes . . .
The Pearl Market in Downtown Columbus allows patrons to use food stamps. President Donald Trump’s budget would slash the federal food-assistance program by 25 percent, saddling states such as Ohio with the cost of feeding the hungriest among them. . . .
Ohio is among the ten worst states in the nation for food insecurity, with over 457,000 Ohioans over age 60 at risk for hunger, and senior visits to Ohio food pantries up 20 percent in just the past four years. . . .
Hunger is an urgent and growing problem among older adults in Ohio, with a 20 percent increase in the number of seniors turning to the emergency food network in 2016. Unfortunately, state and federal spending on senior-specific nutrition programs, like . . .
An estimated 84 percent of SNAP households have children, seniors or people with disabilities. (USDA/Flickr) President Donald Trump’s proposed budget – according to many advocates for the poor – would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier. The $4.1 trillion . . .
Congress is considering a bill that would impact regulations that protect water, food, medicine and the environment. (Pixabay) The Regulatory Accountability Act (S-951) sounds innocuous enough, but consumer and public-health advocates say it’s anything but. The RAA claims to . . .
Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. . . .
Meals on Wheels provide home-delivered meals for homebound older adults via locally administered programs. According to Meals on Wheels America, these programs receive about 35 percent of their funding from the federal government through the Older Americans Act. As the . . .
Who would Jesus starve? Step aside Pope Francis, because this Texas Republican seems know exactly who: One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) recently quoted the New Testament to . . .
Ohio’s Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It’s part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one . . .
Donald Trump’s first budget may go nowhere in Congress, but it laid down a gauntlet more direct than the president’s bluntest tweets: The federal government will be far smaller, and even the pet projects of the states that sent him . . .
Americorps VISTA members work in Ohio communities to fight hunger and poverty, in exchange for small stipends they can use for education. (Ohio Association of Foodbanks) Ohio’s largest hunger-fighting network says it is deeply concerned about the potential impacts . . .
The Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program helps farmers distribute surplus product to local food banks. (Pixabay) Anti-hunger groups and farmers are joining forces to call for a comprehensive approach to fighting hunger in Ohio. At the statehouse on Thursday, over . . .
Two U.S. agencies have released new advice on how much and which types of fish are safe to eat. (Pixabay) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Good news for Ohioans who love fresh fish. Two U.S. agencies have released new advice on . . .
Millions of Ohioans are all-too familiar with the struggle of waking up with a growling stomach and knowing they will have nothing to eat. September is Hunger Action Month, which challenges people to join the fight to eradicate hunger. The . . .
Thanks to inaction at the FDA, Americans get, among other potential ailments, anal leakage. There is a long list of food additives that are legal in the U.S., despite being illegal in other countries. To be fair, just because something . . .
Food waste and food insecurity are two of the nation’s and the world’s biggest problems, and one is constantly working to feed the other. Ohio is working with several food conservation efforts, the most recent of which is a bill . . .
What’s Ohio doing about hunger? Making it harder to put food on the table Ohio is a state where too many people are hungry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio has the seventh-highest rate of food insecurity in . . .
Community Solutions is pleased to release updated data factsheets for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The profiles feature data related to the health and human services in Ohio and are a useful resource for those looking to better understand the . . .
What is the “Benefit Cliff” in Ohio ? In some circumstances, even a small increase income causes a drop in the public benefits a family can receive, effectively increasing their expenses and hurting their ability to make ends meet. A . . .
If you’re an average American, you produce 4.4. pounds of trash  every single day, significantly more than the global average of 2.6 pounds . In a nation of nearly 324 million people, that amounts to more than 700,000 tons . . .
The newest Map the Meal Gap report from Feeding America reveals that 16.8 percent of Ohioans are food insecure. Nearly one in four Ohio children live in food insecure households. Visit the site to interact with the map, and see . . .