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Case Western Research Team Aims to Reduce Food Insecurity

Aug 24, 2018
proteins on the noodle bar
ZACHARY DUVALL / WKSU

A research team at Case Western Reserve University is leading a food systems study as part of an effort to tackle food insecurity in Cleveland.

The study will look at community efforts including social marketing for healthy eating, expansion of local supermarkets and emergency assistance programs to figure out what changes can be made to reduce food insecurity and nutrition inequity.

Darcy Freedman, an associate professor in Case Western Reserve University school of medicine, is leading the study.

photo of Poor People's Campaign rally
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the “Poor People’s Campaign.” Advocates for poor Ohioans todaysay the problems that existed are still common. So they're relaunching the effort.

Pastors and other advocates kicked off a 40-day campaign at the Statehouse. They sang songs, carried signs and listened to speakers. Pastor Thomas Barnes of the Kemper Road Church near Cincinnati says this is one of more than 30 events that he says will focus on non-violent activism.

Poverty rates as they change in Ohio and the U.S. from 2011-2016.
ANDREW ATKINS / WKSU

A group that advocates for low-income people has issued its annual report on the state of poverty in Ohio.  

1.6 million Ohioans live in poverty. And while that number has been trending down, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies says nearly a third of people can’t pay for basic needs and depend on programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and subsidized childcare. And the group’s Phil Cole notes those programs are often the targets of cuts and restrictions.

Photo of Gavin Devore Leonard
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

During his final State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich said Ohio is the strongest it’s been in a generation. But a coalition of unions and health and human services organizations say they think they have the data to prove that’s not true.

Ohio is falling behind the rest of the country in several key economic, healthvand education components. That’s according to One Ohio Now’s annual State of Ohio report, which shows Ohio ranks near the bottom nationwide in overdose deaths, unemployment and the poverty gender gap.

Driver industries in 2017 included healthcare, chemical, metals andautomotive.
Andrew Atkins / WKSU

The Fund for Our Economic Future has released a study assessing Northeast Ohio’s economy. The Two Tomorrows report envisions two futures.

It finds that Northeast Ohio may struggle as long as it deals with issues of poverty, economic polarization and systemic racial exclusion and inequality.

Bethia Burke, the director of strategy and resource allocation for the fund, says cooperation may be the key to solving those problems. 

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