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Kasich helps fund Ohio food banks
Food banks say state leaders have been good to them
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
and AKILAH PORTER


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Jo Ingles
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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The fight over funding for food stamps is raging in Congress but here in Ohio, food banks are getting needed dollars from the state.

The leader of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, says Gov. Kasich has been good to her organization. She says Kasich has signed five executive orders to provide emergency funding for food banks.

Kasich tells food bank advocates he doesn’t see funding them as a political issue.

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“I’m helping to heal the world,” Kasich said. “You might think that’s a political statement but it’s not. It’s what I firmly believe. You just ask my wife.”

Kasich’s wife, Karen, has been active with the backpack program that provides extra food for low-income students who are at risk.

Food banks are traditionally supported by both Republican and Democratic governors in Ohio. Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland also supported food banks by helping to meet emergency funding needs.

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