food insecurity

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AKRON-CANTON REGIONAL FOOD BANK

The Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank has announced an $11.5 million plan to expand operations in Akron and build a new facility in Canton.

The majority of the “Growing For Good” campaign will go towards a new building near downtown Canton, slated for construction this spring on the former site of a Fishers supermarket. In Akron, they’ll add refrigeration space and storage. CEO Dan Flowers says currently, they sometimes have to turn away donations of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER / CREATIVE COMMONS

After his record setting season at LSU, Heisman winner Joe Burrow is setting his sights on tackling food insecurity back home in Athens, Ohio.

Burrow, who graduated from Athens High School in 2015 not only put a spotlight on food insecurity in Southeast Ohio, he’s inspired thousands of people across the country to donate to the Athens county food pantry.

“I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County that go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school.” Burrow said.

photo of Julia Kucmanic, cooking manager, and Emily France, director of Campus Kitchen
Jon Nungesser

Students run Kent State's Campus Kitchen, which recovers food from area sources and provides that food to local folks who are in need.  The Kitchen provides or supplies food pantries and meals, all accomplished by student volunteers.  One such distribution is the weekly Tuesday dinner at Kentway Senior Affordable Apartments.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Close to two million Ohioans are affected by food insecurity. A group gathered at Walsh University over the weekend to talk about ways to help them. Jennifer Vokoun is director of Walsh’s Food Design Institute, which was formed in 2017 after the first two conferences.

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GOOGLE EARTH

Akron Children’s Hospital is trying to find ways to improve patient health before they need care. The first initiative is a pop up food pantry.

When the hospital surveyed 22,000 kids about barriers to health, 13% said food insecurity was a top concern.

Dr. Steven Spalding, Vice President of Population Health, says that number was overwhelming and they wanted to find a way to address the issue.

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.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new report suggests improving access to food might cut Medicaid costs in Ohio.

A study from The Center of Community Solutions found that tying food access with healthcare programs could help fight food insecurity.  

Loren Anthes is the author of the report and says there are many options for reducing food insecurity in Ohio.