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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - OH: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w

Nearly 80,000 people have signed an online petition protesting changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rural areas of Ohio and other states could bear the brunt of upcoming changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. An estimated 45,000 Ohioans are at risk of losing food assistance in April when a new Trump administration rule goes into effect tightening the work requir

Some Ohions who rely on federal food assistance could see benefits reduced by $45 a month if the Trump administration's latest proposal is adopted. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As some Ohioans prepare for a big Thanksgiving feast, others brace for a possible hit to their food budgets. The Trump administration wants to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by $4.5 billion over five years by changing how states use household utility co

About 13% of Ohioans struggle with food insecurity. (HNFOTO/Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio already has a high rate of food insecurity, and during this Hunger Action Month, there are concerns it could become an even bigger problem if eligibility changes for SNAP benefits. An estimated 61,000 Ohioans could lose their food assistance if what is known as "categorical el

Ohio now is home to 77,000 farms, the highest number since 1997. (Don O'Brien/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The latest Census of Agriculture confirms the continuing trend of an aging farming population. However, next-generation farmers are stepping up to fill their shoes. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association analyzed data from the five-year USDA survey and found the state

About 4 million meals were served to Ohio children in 2018 through the Summer Food Service Program. (Riley Kaminer/Pixabay)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Summer officially starts Friday, but summer meal sites in Ohio already are busy fueling hungry children. Through the Summer Food Service Program, nearly 1,400 schools, churches, community centers and other host sites are providing free meals and snacks to children who live i

Food pantries are just one way Ohio colleges are responding to student hunger. (Maryhere/Morquefile)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Colleges and universities in Ohio are exploring ways to respond to hunger on campus and break down barriers to student success. Melissa Gilbert is associate dean of Experimental Learning with The Promise House at Otterbein University, just one of roughly a dozen food pantrie

In a survey of four-year college students, 5% said that they had gone without food for a full day because they couldn't afford it. (Matthew Hunt/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jokes about starving college students relying on ramen noodles, rice and other cheap foods are no laughing matter, as recent research uncovers the broad scope of campus hunger. In a survey released by Temple University, 45% of student respondents said they had been food inse

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