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USDA Report: Ohio Sixth In Nation For Food Insecurity

A new report finds Ohio has the sixth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. The term ‘food insecure’ is used to describe people without reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable and nutritious food.

 

The report from the USDA says in 2014, 16.9 percent of Ohioans lived in food insecure households.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks calls it “a serious crisis.” She says the economic recovery has failed to reach everyone in the state.

The USDA also reports a widening gap in food security between Ohio and the rest of the country.

Ohio’s rate of food insecurity was up about a percentage point from 2013. Nationally, the food insecurity rate declined slightly, from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 14.0 percent in 2014.

 

Only Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas ranked higher for food insecurity than Ohio.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.