Athens County Leads The State in Food Insecurity
Foodbanks continue to lobby for more money to fund food distribution programs
Athens County suffers from the highest rate of food insecurity in the state of Ohio and is ahead of the state’s other 87 counties in terms of poverty, according to recent data.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks is lobbying the Ohio Senate to include an increase in funding for food distribution programs in the state’s biennial budget for 2020-2021, since the version already passed by the Ohio House last week failed to do so.
According to national nonprofit Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2019 report, Ohio’s food insecurity rate of 14.5 percent is much higher than the national rate of 12.5 percent and the Midwestern average of 11.4 percent (based on data from 2017).
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