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Ohio Hunger Stats Underscore Need for COVID Relief Bill

Public News Service |

The nonprofit group Feeding America has projected overall food insecurity in Ohio for 2020 tops 18%. Joree Novotny, director of external affairs for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said that’s unprecedented.

“Food-security estimates for 2020 are scary,” she said. “They’re not like anything that we’ve seen in any modern times. We peaked in 2014 at a little under 17%. Prior to COVID 19, we were finally under the 14% mark, and COVID 19 has caused that to skyrocket.”

The figures show hunger is more prevalent among kids, with more than one in four Ohio children living in families who don’t always know how they’ll pay for enough healthy food for their household. Novotny contended that a federal COVID relief package is needed promptly, so people will be able to pay for basic necessities — food, health care and housing — as the pandemic continues.