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RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — For the second year in a row, Kentucky has the highest rate of childhood obesity among kids ages 10-to-17 at 23.8%. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week. Senior Program Officer Jamie Bussel said rates are too high across the country. “They’ve been exacerbated by COVID,… Read More
MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — The Biden administration announced Monday the expansion of a nutrition program, born amid the start of the pandemic, that could provide more food to nearly 2 million children throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia this summer. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, program started last March to provide money to… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many college campuses throughout the state have created food pantries for their students. And students might qualify for food stamp benefits as well because of new changes in the federal food assistance program. Joree Novotny with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks said SNAP, the program that provides food cards to needy families,… Read More
President Biden is pushing Congress to pour another $1.9 trillion into the COVID-ravaged economy. In the meantime, his top economic adviser says, he plans to bump up food stamp benefits.
The federal government has yet to approve plans in most states for giving out money that was authorized in October.
(Ohio Valley ReSource)– He asked her if she was cold. A wind whips around the park in western Kentucky a couple days before Christmas. He puts his arm around her as they move closer together on the bench. Blake Livesay, 27, met Laura Brooke, 31, online earlier in 2020, and they’ve been inseparable since. She… Read More
The Trump Administration has been buying food from farmers and getting it to food banks. Food banks, however, say the program was not set up to deliver food efficiently.
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Joe Burrow is partnering with The Athens County Food Pantry (ACFP) and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) in support of the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund to fight food insecurity in southeast Ohio. Food insecurity is described as the inability to access sufficient and nutritious food on a regular basis…. Read More
Ohio Valley Anti-Hunger Advocates Worry Region Overlooked In Over $1 Billion Federal Food Box Program
MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — A new federal program is buying more than $1 billion in farm products such as dairy, produce and meat unable to be sold due to the pandemic’s disruptions to the food supply and send “food boxes” to needy families. But some anti-hunger advocates worry that parts of the Ohio Valley may be… Read More
MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Food banks and pantries across the Ohio Valley are seeing spiked demand as an unprecedented surge of people continue to file for unemployment benefits, with food banks facing weeks long delays to get certain products. Meanwhile, some farmers are facing a financial crisis, sitting on excess food they can’t sell — food… Read More
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. The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the number… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —The spread of the novel coronavirus spurred Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to order colleges, universities, and K-12 schools to close. An estimated 29 percent of Athens County children live below the poverty level. Several local organizations, churches, and businesses are stepping up to help feed children and families. There are also ways… Read More
The pending federal rule changes could push a million kids off free or reduced-price school meals, at least temporarily.
There’s a picture frame on the wall next to the customer service desk in the IGA in Inez, Kentucky. Inside the frame is a scrap of beige meat-counter paper, on which a man named Derle Ousley sketched the layout for an ad announcing the opening of his very first grocery store. “Inez Supermarket Grand Opening,”… Read More
Come one, come all! We have a lot to celebrate this spring! The Community Food Initiatives (CFI) team cordially invites you to an evening of delicious food and fellowship Saturday, April 13, at the Athens Community Center from 6-8pm. We will have a brief member meeting and present our annual awards. Current members, past members,… Read More
The OEFFA Southeast Ohio (SEOH) chapter, a grassroots voice for OEFFA members from Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Vinton, and Washington counties, welcomes farmers, gardeners, educators, businesses, students, and activist interested in growing a regenerative food system, locally and globally. OEFFA strives to support one another in building a healthy… Read More
The partial shutdown of the federal government is affecting families depending on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, or SNAP. Benefits for February have come early as a temporary fix to avoid anticipated disruptions should the shutdown drag into another month. But the leader of God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Kentucky, said the… Read More
We’re bringing canning back in style, this time under pressure. Storing low-acid veggies like green beans and beets is a breeze after this workshop takes the mystery away. Come put ’em up! located at: pin Community Food Initiatives 94 Columbus Rd, Athens, Ohio 45701 Community Food Initiatives 94 Columbus Rd, Athens, Ohio 45701
Food is a cornerstone for the holiday season. For families struggling to feed themselves all year, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be especially difficult. Food insecurity in Athens County is the highest in Ohio, Athens County Food Pantry Outreach Chair Karin Bright said. More than 13,000 Athens County residents don’t know where their next meal is… Read More
Join CFI for a night of live music from Caitlin Kraus at West End Ciderhouse! In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are kicking off a year-long fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $25,000 to support our programs.Right now, we are in the middle of a GlobalGiving campaign to benefit the Donation Station. All… Read More
For 25 years, the Nelsonville Food Cupboard served Athens County residents in need from a tiny space on West Washington Street. The location was so small that only one person could get food at a time, leaving others lined up outside the facility braving the elements. But thanks to the generosity of a local couple,… Read More