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Food Insecurity

When President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the administration's budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for significant cuts to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to get people working.

"If you're on food stamps and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be — if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work," Mulvaney said Tuesday.

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill designed to help people living in urban areas who cannot readily access fresh foods.

U.S. Postal Service letter carriers across Ohio and the nation are participating in the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday. 

Jim Letizia

The City of Columbus is providing funding to a faith-based non-profit to build a grocery store and cafe in Franklinton.

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Columbus City Council last night approved a "food action plan" that's been two years in the making.

It's rare to get good news when it comes to hunger. But the government says there was a big drop last year in the number of people in the country struggling to get enough to eat, especially children.

A new report illustrates the continued struggles of many Ohioans in obtaining adequate, nutritious food.

Sixteen percent of Ohioans lived in poverty last year, and nearly a third were under the federal poverty line for at least a portion of of 2015.

Ohio Public Radio

State officials and businesses are teaming up to bring more fresh food to low-income and underserved areas.

A new federal study ranks Ohio among the worst states in the nation for families on the brink of hunger.

1 in 6 Ohioans Getting Emergency Food Assistance

Oct 30, 2014

A new report on hunger finds that more than one in six Ohioans is struggling to get food on the table.

The data is part of Feeding America's national report on hunger. 

Studies Show Hunger Continues To Haunt Ohio Children

Sep 3, 2014

Two new reports show there are as many Ohioans who are hungry or at risk of going hungry now as there were a year ago. 


National Association of Letter Carriers

The nation's largest single-day food drive takes place on Saturday.

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows low-income Ohioans continue to have problems feeding themselves and their families.

Experts Talk Food Insecurity At CMC

Feb 21, 2013

Food scarcity and insecurity are global problems.

A new report shows one in six Ohioans worry about going hungry.