All you should know and do to help end hunger in our community

Welcome to the Hunger Hub.

This virtual resource for all things hunger-related in Columbus and throughout Franklin County is the product of an unprecedented collaborative effort among key providers -- Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Children’s Hunger Alliance, LifeCare Alliance, and Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries -- and important funders such as the Nationwide Insurance Foundation.

Your voice is needed! Learn how hunger affects everyone. Discover why the impacts of hunger and poverty are more interconnected throughout our community than ever before. And join us to find an end to hunger once and for all.

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March for Meals: Officials volunteer to Raise Awareness of Hunger

LifeCare Alliance teamed up with elected officials from our area - including Congressman Steve Stivers and State Senator Jim Hughes - to deliver meals to homebound older adults as part of the national 2014 March for Meals campaign. This Week in Grove City followed along.

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Daily Nutritional Challenge

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Even for Working Families, Adequate Food can be Out of Reach

Hunger and poverty are still on the rise even as the Columbus region's unemployment falls to the lowest of the state's major metropolitan centers.

Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in six years in March to 6.1%. In January, unemployment in Franklin County was 5.9% -- the lowest rate for Ohio's largest population centers.  Yet according to county figures, many residents worked full- or part-time jobs but their wages didn't break the poverty threshold.

For all Franklin County families with at least one working adult in the home, one in five (20.5%) were below the poverty level, according to the Franklin Co. Office of Management and Budget.

Today, the MidOhio Foodbank reports that more than 40% of those requesting assistance from food pantries are employed, which has an impact on workplace productivity for everyone. .Food insecure workers create a workforce pool that is less competitive, with lower levels of educational and technical skills, and seriously constrained human capital. 

Changing Face of Hunger in Columbus

Numbers That Count!

More than 900,000 children across Ohio are eligible for the federal free school meal programs, double the number just a decade ago. Childhood hunger varies from county to county. Children's Hunger Alliance has the numbers on efforts to connect children with free or reduced prices lunches and breakfasts, along with summer meals and after-school snacks, in all of Ohio's 88 counties. We can show you the map.

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Children's Hunger Alliance Showcases Report on School Breakfast Participation Rates in Ohio

March 3-7 is National School Breakfast Week, but children need a nutritious breakfast every day. Learn more about school breakfast in Ohio.

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ThisWeek News: Kids Deliver Nutritious Meals to Upper Arlington Seniors

A meal delivered by a smiling child melts the cold winter blues for homebound Upper Arlington seniors, as elementary students take over a Meals on Wheels route. ThisWeek News reports on LifeCare Alliance, which delivers 840,000 Meals-on-Wheels annually.

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Farm Bill Passage Protects Food Assistance in Franklin County

With the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 -- better known as the federal Farm Bill -- nearly a quarter of a million Franklin County residents each month will be able to rely on federal food assistance to help feed their families.

Under the new Farm Bill, current SNAP recipients here in Franklin County, nearly half of which are children, shouldn't anticipate any reduction to their benefits, according to the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.

Learn more about the Farm Bill's impacts on Hunger here.

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Large School Districts Breakfast Participation

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Studies show children starting their day with a nutritious breakfast has a direct and positive impact on their ability to learn. Of the low-income students at Columbus City Schools who eat school lunch, 61% participate in the School Breakfast Program.

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Coming Together Around What's Working in Columbus

Your Advocacy is Needed!

Hunger and poverty aren’t just a result of losing a job or living in a poor neighborhood. How is it that that Columbus can be so prosperous and booming yet still have a third of all children relying on Food Assistance and one in five people living in poverty?

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