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A meal delivery by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in late March. 70,000 meals were delivered this day.
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio / Facebook

Over the past several months, the COVID-19 shutdown, and the resulting economic fallout, has exacerbated southwest Ohio’s hunger problem into a full-blown crisis. Schools have mobilized to feed tens of thousands of students. The National Guard is helping to staff overwhelmed local food pantries. And programs that deliver meals to homebound seniors are seeing a surge in need as well.

Protesters began to gather at the front of Dayton's Federal Building around 11:30 a.m., filling the lawn and sidewalk areas.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

A peaceful protest turned into a skirmish with police officers in downtown Dayton, as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.


Gov. Mike DeWine has called the Ohio National Guard in to help with protests in Columbus. And the city's mayor, Andrew Ginther, has imposed a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. that will last until 6 a.m., which he says could be extended if warranted.

Carrots from Dayton Urban Grown, a training farm on Xenia Avenue in the city. Founder Lisa Helm says the classes she offers have been packed since the pandemic reached America.
Dayton Urban Grown / Facebook

During World War I and World War II, millions of Americans started Victory Gardens. Today, they’re starting COVID gardens.

Lisa Helm is the founder of Dayton Urban Grown, a farm in the city.

She says she’s been super busy since mid-March when demand for gardening skills and supplies skyrocketed.

“All the major seed suppliers were sold out and had to close for a while because there were so many people buying seeds, and then there was a run on baby chickens,” Helm says with a laugh. “You couldn’t buy baby chickens anywhere!”

Timmy Lien and Blake Leach
courtesy of Timmy Lien and Blake Leach

In this final installment of Dayton Youth Radio's Teens In Quarantine miniseries, Fairmont High School students Blake Leach and Timmy Lien talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker spent weeks in a hotel followed by months in a mobile home. Their search for a new home was slowed by a tight housing market last year, among other factors, they say.
Timothy Walker

As WYSO remembers the 2019 Memorial Day tornado disaster and its impacts, we return to one of last year's hardest-hit Miami Valley communities: tight-knit Northridge. Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker raised their two children in the area as longtime homeowners in their first house together. On the night of the storm, Wentz and the kids clung together in the basement as a massive EF4 twister destroyed the house all around them. Walker had just started on third shift at a Clayton warehouse when his sister-in-law called.

Stream the latest updates from Governor Mike DeWine via the Ohio Channel. Spanish Language interpreatation of the Governor's daily briefings.

Spanish Language resources via Somos Dayton

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