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Leaders of Ohio’s foodbanks say they are overwhelmed by the demand on their services right now. They’re urging the federal government to increase food stamp benefits by 15% and asking Ohio’s leaders to kick in $25 million dollars to help pay for emergency services. 

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STARK COUNTY HUNGER TASK FORCE

The Stark County Hunger Task Force is taking steps to make sure people won’t go hungry because of COVID-19.

Executive Director Maureen Kampman said the pantry's new drive-thru food pantry will provide people with nonperishable groceries.

Ohio National Guard members are working at three Southwest Ohio food banks, stepping into the roles normally filled by volunteers. Governor Mike DeWine activated the Guard last week in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Senate had a last-minute change of heart on a bill that would've created more hurdles for people to access resources through food stamps also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The bill that would have required SNAP cards to include a photo ID was tabled until the new year.

Senate Republican Leadership said there were too many questions and concerns still lingering on the bill.

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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.

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The Stark County Hunger Task Force is working to make sure kids who rely on free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year don't fall through the cracks in the summer. The task force is handing out bags each Thursday that include two breakfast and two lunch meals, snacks and drinks.

Assistant Director Stephanie Sweany  says nearly all kids at four Canton elementary schools receive free or reduced lunch. 

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The Akron-Canton Airport is providing a food pantry to its federal employees who missed their second paycheck Friday because of the partial government shutdown.

The workers can help themselves to the pantry at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton Friday and Saturday. Federal employees at the airport include TSA agents, air traffic controllers and border customs officers.