Democrats in the Ohio House are calling for a fair tax structure, investments in education, health care access and increased support for local governments.
An increasing number of people need assistance from food pantries. One local church helps meet those demands.
Shoppers at local grocery stores are saving money, but that may not be good for some stores. The continued downturn in the economy led to steep drops in grocery store earnings for the parent company of Save A Lot. Shoppers on the near East Side claim they have to shop smart.
Mexican food is popular in Columbus. More and more Mexican eateries are popping up in parking lots.
Central Ohio planners are calling for a return to basics in food production.
Many Columbus food pantries offer fresh produce to those in need. The challenge is often keeping a steady supply of the fruits and vegetables. At a South Champion Avenue pantry, crates of fruits and vegetables come courtesy of some special karma.
For the past four months, food stamp recipients in central Ohio have been receiving an average of nearly 30% more money.
A non-profit consumer advocacy group wants Congress to keep schools from buying lunch milk that contains artificial growth hormones. But dairy farmers say any changes to the bill would hurt farmers that choose to use the treatments.
Advocates for the needy in Ohio say as the economic crisis drags on, they fear not only for populations they work with, but for the charities and agencies that help them. In Fairfield County, one agency says it still has resources that allow it to take its mission on the road.
Job cuts and soaring prices are straining the budgets and workloads of local churches and groups that help Ohio families living in poverty.
This year has brought lob losses, budget cuts and rising bills. And some people are finding it hard to be thankful. Last year, Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler went to a Columbus food pantry just before Thanksgiving. She went back to find out how clients and volunteers are holding up going into the holiday season.