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Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund Will Benefit Families In Southeast Ohio

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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

A warehouse in the Facing Hunger food bank in Huntington, WV.

Ohio Valley Anti-Hunger Advocates Worry Region Overlooked In Over $1 Billion Federal Food Box Program

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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

A warehouse in the Facing Hunger food bank in Huntington, WV.

Demand Soars at Food Banks While Farmers Have Too Much Food

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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

Food from a foodbank

Ohio’s Food Banks Say They Need Help to Meet the Current Need for Services

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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

Food at a local food pantry.

Resources for Athens County Residents who Need Food or Want to Help Neighbors

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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

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Grocers in Rural Coal Country Struggle to Stay in Business

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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

Southeast Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association meeting


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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

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Food Aid A Concern As Government Shutdown Affects SNAP Payments


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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

Athens Food Banks, Pantries Help during Holidays

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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