Ohio’s official unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years after employers added naerly 18,000 jobs in November.
Emergency Food Supplies Keep Dwindling.
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Area foodbank officials will meet today to consider whether to spend some of next year’s allocated funds to re-stock emergency foodshelves now. Pantries and foodbanks in Central Ohio say increasing demand for food has depleted supplies. W-O-S-U’s Tom Borgerding reports.
The head of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on West Mound street, Matt Habash, says delay in funding help from Washington, a sluggish economy, and greater efficiencies among big grocery chains has combined to take a toll on emergency food supplies.
“From my standpoint, I’ve been doing this for 23 years and this is probably the worst I’ve ever seen it. Demand is at an all-time high. I think thats a part of what’s driving this, the economy is in a situation whether we look at it however we want to look at it, the rising prices that we’re seeing in food, the rising prices in heating homes, the rising prices we see in health care.” Says Habash.
Habash adds that foodbanks across Ohio and the United States are also waiting on congress to act on the new farm bill. The bill contains commodity supplies and some funds to feed the hungry. Habash says the primary way Mid-Ohio gets its food is through purchases so it will consider spending some of next year’s funds now to boost supplies. Most of those who show up at a pantry or foodbank receive a three day or five day supply of food.