Ohio foodbanks face shortages

Ohio’s food banks and food pantries face increasingly bare shelves heading into the winter months. This apparent shortage comes even as the latest state unemployment figures show fewer people are looking for work.

The facts seem to contradict themselves. Donations to Ohio’s food banks are up slightly, yet food bank directors say they’re facing shortages. Unemployment rates are improved while demand for emergency food has risen dramatically in recent months. But, it’s all connected.

The Mid Ohio Food Bank is distributing 20% more food, yet its warehouse shelves are more bare than usual. Hunger advocates say many people who were laid from good paying jobs, can now only find work at low end retailers or restaurants earning little more than minimum wage.

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