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Hunger is on the rise in Ohio
A new report shows the number of Ohioans going hungry has put the state among the top ten in 'food insecurity'

Jo Ingles
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
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A new federal government study shows it’s getting harder for low-income Ohioans to put food on their tables.

Lisa Hamler Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the new numbers show the state is the 10th worst in the nation.

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“But for those who are suffering with a lack of resources, meaning that hunger exists, they lack the food or the funding in order to get food, which is a severe rate, has gone up dramatically and in fact Ohio tied for third in the number of Ohioans suffering from hunger,” Hamler Fugitt said.

Hamler Fugitt says the problem is not unemployment but underemployment because too many Ohioans who are working don’t make enough to pay the bills.

And she warns the situation will worsen greatly if Congress refuses to fully reauthorize the federal food-assistance program.

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