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Tuesday, June 5, 2007   


The face of hunger in Ohio may be a surprise to many. On this "National Hunger Awareness Day," the state's food banks are drawing attention to the growing problem of hunger in Ohio, which they say is affecting a growing number of working families. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks emphasizes that hunger is a silent epidemic in many Ohio communities.

“The face of hunger can be seen in our young, in our old, men and women who work every day. They live in rural areas, in urban areas. They're black, they're white. They are our neighbors, and yet hunger appears to be hidden in many communities.”

She believes a bill before Congress, co-sponsored by Sherrod Brown, would boost food stamps for many Ohioans. And she wants state lawmakers to also help by increasing the funding for food banks. More than 1.2 million Ohioans use emergency food programs each year.

Hamler-Fugitt adds that having a job is no guarantee that an Ohio family can afford food, especially with other high costs to deal with.

“Despite their best efforts, they are not making ends meet, and they are making difficult choices, of paying for food and other basic necessities, like medicine, their housing, utilities, and now gasoline.”



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