Ohio food banks see increasing demand

Ohio food banks are distributing more these days than during the height of the recession a few years ago because of a difficult jobs climate and higher costs for daily necessities, they report.
Associated Press
Nov 9, 2012

The banks distributed 45 percent more food and supplies in fiscal year 2012 than they did in 2009, at the height of the recession, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks said.

The 164 million pounds of food distributed to pantries and other charities by the food banks in the past year was an alarming increase, officials said. That matches the trend of greater "food insecurity" in Ohio, which is also growing throughout the country, they said.

From 2009-2011, an average of 15.5 percent of Ohio households were "food insecure," which means they did not have enough access to food at some point during the year. That was an increase of 6.4 percentage points from 1999-2001.

"We're limited," Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, told the Dayton Daily News for a story published Friday. "The pounds (distributed) are up, and the number of people is up, as well. About half of the folks we serve are hitting emergencies that were unexpected, and they're taking money out of their food budgets to serve other needs."

The amount of food distributed by Ohio's food banks has increased steadily in recent fiscal years — from 113 million pounds in 2009 to 141 million in 2010, 150 million in 2011, and 164 million 2012.

Michelle Riley, executive director of The Foodbank, which serves three Dayton-area counties, said that while economic indicators show that more people are working, there are still many with jobs whose lower wages or other obligations make food charity a necessity.

Riley noted that the average monthly participation in the food stamp program in Ohio has increased from nearly 1.1 million in 2007 to nearly 1.8 million in 2011.

The need increases during the holidays in November and December.

"It's tougher this time of year, even emotionally," said Keith Williamson, regional director for Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan counties.

"Holidays are supposed to be a time to think about celebration," he said, "not think about, 'Boy, I can't give a gift because I need to find food for the table.' That's an emotional issue."

 

Comments

mikel

johnny, go ahead and tell them that this isn't true. after all, you did tell me the other day that there is no proof that more people are using gov't programs.

real talk

Result of trickle down economics for the last 30 years.

KnuckleDragger

So at least you are now admitting that Obama's economic policy is no different than any other politicians.

verdict

@ realtalk (...) Uh, no. It is the result of a number of things, actually. None of which have anything to do with Capitalism and the Free Market. On that note, Capitalism and the Free Market have been smothered with Left Wing programs. You cannot blame something for not working optimally if you helped to sabotage it.

There is a saying which states that "it takes the Gov't $5.00-10.00 to do what a local charity can do with $1.00." It costs anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much to run aid programs at the federal level (which is part of the Left Wing's centralized planning and power model) than it does to work at the local level.
Over the decades, as taxes increased to fund programs at the federal level, the locals have less and less money to give to their local community. The result is that local programs have been replaced with federal programs that are now facing collapse.
Great job, Left Wing! /sarcasm

There is also a socio-economic (failure) component which is the result of the Left Wing paradigm being fed to people for generations now (thru the schools and Hollywood). Drugs also played a major role in this part, tho.

And let us never forget, the Left Wing model depends upon the Federal Reserve to be able to print money out of thin air. Everytime they do it, your dollar becomes worth less and less (against competing currencies in the world market)..and then it takes more and more of those dollars to pay for the same products.
Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill passed the House in a landslide vote with bipartisan support. Then, the Senate Democrat leader killed the bill on arrival. So, unless the leaders of the Democrat party have some grand master plan to convert the entire world to the dollar (so that there are no more competing currencies), you can place the blame squarely on them..for wrecking Capitalism, and the U.S. Economy with it.

I find it disturbing that the Left Wingers are continually blaming an economic model for not having the desired results, when they have acted (and voted) to incrementally sabotage it.
If the Left Wing is this dysfunctional, perhaps we should take our business over to one of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Nations..where Capitalism is being reborn. They are the most rapidly growing economies in the world right now. It would be a fresh start.

KnuckleDragger

How can this be? Our President keeps telling us things are getting better.

thinktwice

Things are getting better for someone else...

Contango

Federal debt be d*mned!

Let's borrow and print more money to help increase a greater amount of food to the people!

FORWARD SOVIET!

EdO's

...the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing...

Contango

"Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release":

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20...

FORWARD SOVIET!

starryeyes83

What's this free cell phone stuff?

Don S

If all the money spent on the election was spent on food, there would be no need for Food Banks, for many years !!!!

Darkhorse

I still think if you want a bag of groceries, you must volunteer some time in order to obtain the groceries. If you are an able bodied person and can walk in on your own to collect the grouceries, there shouldn't be any reason why you can't volunteer your time for groceries. The community should have a volunteer land bank of volunteer credits for anyone picking up groceries, so many hours of volunteer time equals a bag of groceries.

SamAdams

Good idea! If you're able-bodied, even WITHOUT "skills," you can pick up trash, sweep floors, trim landscaping, help somebody else carry THEIR groceries, wash windows, serve meals at a jail or food kitchen, etc. There's no reason why a whole lot of free-loaders DON'T have to work to get all they receive!